Mondy still excited about Sun Devils

Arizona State 2017 commit Loren Mondy helped his high school team win a state title in Texas last season.

After helping Dallas (Texas) Bishop Dunne to a 5A state championship Loren Mondy has transferred back to his original high school, Mansfield, Lake Ridge.

But Mondy's college commitment to Arizona State as a 2017 prospect remains strong as ever.

"I'm a hard commit because my dad has that close relationship with coach (Todd) Graham," Mondy (pictured above middle) said. "I'm comfortable with the coaching staff at ASU. The only thing that could change anything is coach Graham changing schools or something like that, but I mean, I'm going there. I'm going to ASU.

"I saw them play against Notre Dame, that was one of the games I watched, really. The defense played great, I liked it a lot. They played really fast. I also saw Oregon State. I think they lost because of the weather there."

In July of 2013, Mondy became the youngest known commitment in ASU history, doing so as a 14 year old and before he'd even started high school.

The early decision came because Mondy's father, Michael Mondy, played for Graham in high school and Graham's first college job at East Central University, where Graham was defensive coordinator from 1991-93.

The younger Mondy has made the ASU decision seem like a good one through his first two years of high school. After last season he was named a Tom Lemming sophomore All-American at linebacker, and is a Team USA prep captain who said he led the team in sacks. That's in addition to winning a state title at the highest private school level in Texas, the first at Bishop Dunne in 24 years.

"It felt great," Mondy said. "The first couple weeks I went there when I was in ninth grade my freshman year we talked about it and when we broke out we always said state champs on three and then we did it."

Now Mondy is back at Lake Ridge, a public high school where he started his career as a freshman. The move was due to family finances, with a nine month old sibling now part of the equation.

Now 6-foot-1 and 237 pounds, Mondy has physically developed quite a bit since ASU took his commitment. Now 16, Mondy said he has a 245 pound benchpress, remarkable 235 pound clean, and impressive squat of approximately 500 pounds. Those numbers and Mondy's size enable a comparison to be drawn to former ASU Devil backer Carl Bradford.

"I got bigger over time," Mondy said. "My skills improved, using my skills, things like that. They want me to possibly play Devil backer, because I can play inside or outside really. But my motor and quickness are improved."

Mondy hasn't totally shut down recruiting. He visited Cal last year and has also been to Kansas and Texas State, all of which have offered scholarships he said. Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Oklahoma, TCU, USC and Washington are schools Mondy said have told them they're considering offering at some point.

"I'll be in Arizona in the summer with my family, so I'll be by there at ASU for a couple days," he said. "Sometime in the beginning of July probably."

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