Ryan Easterling’s Scouting Report
Reminds me of: former Illini LB Martez Wilson. While he may not be quite the freak that Martez was, the story with Mondesir is similar. Mondesir has great athleticism and length with a frame that can easily carry more muscle. He is built well and moves fluidly, but is still fairly raw as a linebacker.
Mondesir was forced to play a lot of defensive end for St. Rita this year, which really hampered his production in the pass rush, but he has a lot of the physical tools to be great if he can develop once he gets to Illinois. And as Jeremy states below, a redshirt may benefit him, especially with Del’Shawn Phillips already on campus this spring.
Mondesir is one of the more clear redshirt candidates. He has great physical tools -- including 4.5 speed -- but he played defensive line in high school and likely will need a bit of a transition period to linebacker. Also, Illinois has depth at the position with Delshawn Phillips and Tre Watson as no-doubt starters and a somewhat experienced and talented group fighting for the other spot, including junior Julian Jones and sophomores Justice Williams, Dele Harding and Jake Hansen. - Jeremy Werner
Every staff needs a few camp discoveries. Mondesir was this staff’s first. The St. Rita prospect an unknown before the camp (he didn’t have a profile on this site before then), but stood out at the Illini’s first June satellite camp at Gately Stadium in Chicago. Mondesir looked good on the hoof (6-2, 210) and then ran two 40-yard dash times in the low 4.5s. He also looked pretty smooth in linebacker drills. It took Illinois just a week to offer and close quickly. He’s now one of the top-50 outside linebackers in the country, according to Scout.com. He was the first example that this staff 1) can scout; and 2) is confident in its scouting.