The Texas A&M Aggies picked up a big addition to their 2017 recruiting class on Monday with the addition four-star dual-threat quarterback Kellen Mond from IMG Academy in Florida. Mind was the second quarterback commitment in the Aggies 2016 recruiting class, joining Pearland’s Connor Blumrick, as well as the second commit from IMG joining 2017 linebacker Santino Marchiol.
Today, Aggie Digest takes a closer look at Mond, ranked as the tenth dual-threat quarterback in the 2017 class and number 97 in the country regardless of position.
I actually like the fact that Mond only has film at the moment from his time at San Antonio Reagan, where he had less talent around him and was not as far along in his development. That is no slight to Reagan, just admitting the fact that IMG is made up of some of the best high school players in the country and Mond’s development has likely continued since his arrival.
For this breakdown, I am using a combination of the his Scout junior highlight reel (at the top of this story), his full Hudl junior highlights (9 minutes worth) his sophomore Hudl highlights and finally some of the camp videos from his Scout profile as well.
The first few plays of his junior highlights he gets to show his arm off a little as well as some touch. He throws a nice ball and does a great job of putting it out in front of his receiver and letting him go get it. The fourth play into the film he gets a chance to flash those wheels that make him such a tough player to defend for opposing defenses. He takes the snap from his own end zone, makes a great read on the defense, and takes it the full length of the field untouched for a touchdown.
One of the characteristics that stand out from his highlights, that is a great of any dual-threat quarterback, is his willingness to use his feet to extend a play but not strictly to extend it by running up field. He does a great job of keeping his eyes up and downfield while moving around behind the line of scrimmage. As receivers extend their route and he avoids the pass rush for another couple of seconds, it opens up the offense even more. That equates out to a longer chase by both the pass rushers and the defensive backs, leading to a higher chance in a breakdown in coverage.
In the pocket Mond remains calm and appears to progress through his reads well. He stays tall and has a good feel for the rush and when it is time to move around to buy time or just take off. He does;t take unnecessary hits which would be more of an issue at the collegiate level with better competition but is sometimes tough for young quarterbacks to grasp as they search for a way to make plays. He also doesn't seem to lose much accuracy when throwing on the run.
Of course he will have things to work on throughout his final prep season as well as once he gets on campus with the Aggies and offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone. He has a very compact delivery, which I could see this who would like to see him bring that delivery up a little higher, but it is fairly effortless. He delivers a good ball and shows plenty of arm strength. His mechanics will surely get tweaked slightly along his development but not likely very much.
Like most, I will be interested to see the difference the talent around him makes this season, as it is no secret he will have better talent around him at the collegiate level. It should reveal just how much he has developed so far as a quarterback and it might give a glimpse of just how high his ceiling is.
Stay connected with Aggie Digest as we continue with our “Film Room” series, working our way through all of the Aggies commitments as well as key remaining recruiting targets.