FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas freshman receiver Marcus Monk has been named one of just four National High School Scholar-Athletes of the Year by The National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame.
The NFF selects four honorees from around the country who have exemplified the term “scholar-athlete” by succeeding in academics, football and citizenship during their high school careers.
Monk, from Lepanto, Ark., and East Poinsett County High School, was selected along with Christopher Pizzotti of Reading, Mass., and a freshman at Harvard; Dusty Reddick of Sylvania, Ga., and a freshman at Georgia Southern; and Jake Wheeler of Laguna Beach, Calif., and a freshman at Emory.
“These young men are the best and brightest the nation has to offer on the high school level,” NFF Chairman Jon F. Hanson says. “This prestigious award is a testament to their years of dedication and hard work on the field, in the classroom and in their local communities.”
They will be recognized at The National Football Foundation’s Annual Awards Luncheon on Dec. 7 at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City.
Maintaining a 3.9 grade point average, Monk made the East Poinsett County super honor roll every semester of his four-year career. A recipient of the math achievement and National Academic Achievement Awards, he was an AP Merit Scholar and member of the Key Club and National Honor Society. He was the valedictorian of his class.
Named a prep All-American by Rivals.com and SuperPrep, he was a three-time first-team all-conference selection and a two-time first-team all-state choice. Named the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Male Athlete of the Year in the state, Lindy’s listed Monk among the top incoming freshmen in the SEC. He was also his senior class president, National Honor Society president, and an officer in the math and science clubs.
As a senior, he had 72 receptions for 1,074 yards and 12 touchdowns. He had 52 catches for 1,104 yards and 19 scores as a junior. As a senior in basketball, Monk, who plans to play basketball at Arkansas, averaged 20.8 points, 16.4 rebounds, 4.9 assists, 3.8 blocked shots and 2.5 steals per game while leading his team to the Class 3A state championship.
Monk was nominated for the award by the Arkansas chapter of the National Football Foundation.