One year after he helped lead Dallas (Texas) Bishop Dunne to a 5A state title in 2014, Arizona State 2017 commit Loren Mondy transferred to Mansfield Lakeridge and was a key defensive player in another great post-season run.
"I thought we had a good year. Our team went 15-1, we won our district, went undefeated. We ended up losing (to George Ranch in the 5A Division I) in the championship game, so we a good season. It the the first time our school had been to the championship game."
Mondy, who is expected to initially play Devil backer for the Sun Devils, said he had 69 tackles, 10 sacks and 16 tackles for loss for the season. Now he's turning his focus to off-season workouts as Mondy prepares for his senior year.
"I think I'm doing pretty good right now, in good shape," he said. "I don't really need to lose weight or gain weight, I just want to get stronger and keep working on getting more athletic. That's what you're always working on. I'm 6-foot-1 and just weighed 238 pounds. I just had my body fat measured and it was like 13 or maybe 12. I'm just working really hard in the weight room, a lot of big lifts and stuff, we take it pretty seriously in the off-season. I'm trying to get my bench max up, really all of my lifts."
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.
Making such an early commitment and sticking to it has required a lot of discipline, Mondy acknowledged. He's taken some visits to other schools, usually along with teammates, but knows he'd probably be getting more attention if he'd remained open longer. At the same time, he said he still feels good about his pledge to the Sun Devils.
"It can be hard sometimes," Mondy said. "You see all these guys getting offers and they deserve it and I feel like I would probably be getting some more offers if I wasn't committed, and the attention that comes along with that. But I talk to my dad and we talk about what coach (Todd) Graham is all about (at ASU) and how it fits me and if you have the right offer and are committed to a great school for you, it doesn't really matter.
"I'm still solidly committed. We are going to make a trip out there at some point this spring or summer, and one of my teammates, Tyler Robinson, who is a wide receiver. I think he would commit to ASU if they offer him. I don't really know when, but we're going to go there and spend some time with the coaches and everything, so that's something we're definitely going to do."