Mondol leads the Ventura attack

Ventura has a lot of talented players on defense, but the man the coaching staff is entrusting their offense to this year is QB Lee Mondol (6-2, 205). He's a multi-faceted quarterback who was a walk-on at one of the most prestigious programs in the country. He's already seen some early interest from several four-year programs and he updated on how things are going this summer...

After a stellar high school career at Ventura High School, Mondol was an invited walk-on with Michigan, but after spending his first year buried on the depth chart, he decided to leave and head back home to continue his college football career.

"They were so deep at quarterback, it would have been hard to see any time," Mondol told recently. "During the summer before my second year, right before the season started, I just felt like I needed to come back home instead of watching and sitting on the bench.

"It was nothing that was wrong with Michigan, I mean they were great people and the program was unbelievable, but I just didn't think it was the best situation for me, so I came home."

As a redshirt freshman for Ventura in 2007, Mondol shared time with the starter before taking over full-time in game four.

"I arrived just as the season was getting started," Mondol said. "So I shared time with him, but once I got the playbook down to a point where I could run most of it, I pretty much started from then on out and we didn't lose a game after that."

Mondol completed 57.8% of his passes for over 1,300 yards, 11 touchdowns and only six interceptions while also amassing 70 yards and one touchdown on the ground.

"I feel like I can run and pass pretty well, but I didn't have to run too often last year," Mondol said. "I wanted to get bigger and work on my speed this summer, so I've spent a lot of time in the weight room and out running sprints and doing agility drills."

On the recruiting front, Mondol is hearing from several programs who are looking for a passer who isn't afraid to tuck it and run when he needs to.

"Hawaii, SMU, UCLA and Montana have all made contact with me," Mondol said. "I like all of their offenses and that they are pretty wide open. UCLA has Norm Chow and he always throws it around and then with SMU you have coach (June) Jones, so those are some pretty cool options."

Mondol will be able to sign with a school in December and he'll have two years to play two wherever he ends up.

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