By Justin Rodriguez
Section 9 Football Insider
Newburgh Free Academy running back Jadon Munroe received interest from, among other schools, Bryant College, Pace and Monmouth University.
However, Munroe hopes that a year at prep school will earn him even more attention from colleges. Munroe, who helped the Goldbacks to their fourth straight Section 9 Class AA title last year, has decided to attend Milford Academy in the fall.
Milford Prep, located between Oneonta and Cortland, is known as a prep football factory. Milford alumni include Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy.
“It’s a good opportunity and I will continue to get looked at,” Munroe said. Despite playing most of last season with an injured hamstring, he rushed for 1,104 yards with 11 touchdowns. Munroe averaged 11 yards per carry. “I know the competition is going to be difficult, but I’m excited to show what I can do and get in the rotation.”
Newburgh coach Bill Bianco said Munroe already meets NCAA eligibility requirements and feels that he can be at least a Patriot League-level player after attending Milford, which went 10-2 last year. Munroe was a three-year starter at Newburgh.
“This is a good opportunity for Jadon,” Bianco said. “I think it’s a chance to get bigger, stronger, faster and to get more film. He will get a chance to play against some great players. Jadon played the entire year with his hamstring, so it’s like having another senior year. For all of those reasons, I think it’s a home run.”
While Munroe has chosen the prep school route, several Newburgh players will be playing in college next year, including:
- K Pete Matthews, Robert Morris
- WR/DB Vern Smith, SUNY Brockport
- WR/DB Uh’Charion Hanson (2017 Section 9 Football Insider Player of the Year), Monroe Junior College
- TE/DL Sam Nicholas, Alfred State
- WR/DB Tyler Santiago, Western Connecticut
- TE/DL Wayne Murray, SUNY Morrisville or Norwich