St. Joe’s (Mont.) has consistently produced Division I football talent in recent years, and that trend continued today with the Green Knights sending their top defensive player to the Patriot League.

Frankie Monte, a senior linebacker for St. Joe’s, announced Tuesday via social media he had given a verbal commitment to play at the next level for College of the Holy Cross.

Last season, six players in the Big Six of North Jersey football (St. Joe’s, Bergen Catholic, St. Peter’s Prep, Don Bosco, DePaul Catholic and Paramus Catholic) had eclipsed the 100 tackle mark. Monte is the only returning senior on that list. He also led his team with 18 tackles for loss, more than Penn State signee Amin Vanover, and also chipped in 4.5 sacks and 2 forced fumbles.

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Now a senior, Monte headlines a defense led by first-year head coach and former St. Joe’s (Mont.) defensive coordinator Dan Marangi. He’s been described as a “throwback type” player who packs a punch on every tackle.

Monte is the second Green Knights player to make his college announcement in the last week. Four-star offensive lineman Geno VanDeMark committed to Michigan State on Saturday evening.

Holy Cross has recruited the Garden State well in recent years, evidenced by the 16 New Jersey players on their 2020 roster. Monte also isn’t the only Class of 2021 player committed to the Crusaders – Rumson-Fair Haven defensive back Ryan Ruane announced his commitment there earlier this summer.

Monte was featured in our inaugural “JSZ A to Z” series this summer, highlighting the top 50 players in New Jersey. JSZ’s Jay Cook profiled Monte as one of three players on the list from St. Joe’s:

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