Mondeaux steps up at The Opening

Portland (Ore.) Jesuit athlete Henry Mondeaux is making the most of his time at The Opening so far.

On day one of The Opening, Henry Mondeaux wasted no time displaying his skills at the tight end position. During 1-on-1's, Mondeaux hauled in several catches, using his size to create plenty of separation on his routes.

Having the ability to play offensively and defensively, Mondeaux said that he chose to focus on tight end in order to get invited to the camp.

"I thought my best shot at getting to The Opening would be playing tight end because I know a lot more technical things," Mondeaux said. "I've been working longer at tight end, but I don't really have a favorite right now. It's been really cool playing tight end, but I'm sure it'll be awesome playing d-end too."

Mondeaux said he was eager to test his abilities against other top athletes from around the country.

"I love playing with better competition because I seem to rise when I play with better people," Mondeaux said.

His Jesuit teammate and roommate at The Opening, Joey Alfieri, made the SPARQ Finals, sparking a bit of friendly competition. Mondeaux himself registered a 5.09 40-yard dash time and 31.3-inch vertical, but did not make the finals.

"There's a little bit of of competition," Mondeaux said laughing, "He's a little bit better of an athlete, but we'll see."

On the recruiting trail, Mondeaux still has several suitors after his talents.

"I'm talking to Oregon and just made an unofficial visit to Washington before I came out here," Mondeaux said. "I'm talking a lot to Nebraska, Arizona, Cal, Arizona State."

Mondeaux noted that the Oregon coaching staff rely more on the 6-foot-5, 252-pound athlete to contact them, rather than the other way around.

"They let me call them like once or twice a week, which is good," Mondeaux said. "It's not as much pressure as a lot of the other coaches put on me, but I try to call them every week or two weeks."

Defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti and defensive line coach Ron Aiken remain Mondeaux's primary contacts at Oregon, along with linebackers coach Don Pellum. He said that they are building a relationship outside of football and like him on the defensive side, despite his ability to play both defensive end and tight end.

"They said they had seven spots at d-end and one, spot at tight end, so I think it's pretty safe to say they want me on defense," Mondeaux said.

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