Smael Mondon is the lastest to commit to Georgia football’s class of 2021.
Smael Mondon is a 6-3 220 pound linebacker from Dallas, Georgia. He goes to Paulding High School and the 247 Composite has him rated at 0.9861, a high five-star. He is the No. 27 prospect overall, the No. 3 prospect in Georgia, and the No. 2 linebacker in the 2021 class. Mondon also just became the 20th commit in Georgia football’ 2021 recruiting class as reported by Jake Reuse.
Mondon has played in 30 games while at Paulding County High School. In that time he has played both offense and defense. He completed both of his two passing attempts for 30 yards. He has run the ball 159 times for 834 yards and 13 touchdowns. He has two runs over 100 yards. Mondon has also caught 20 passes for 254 yards and two touchdowns.
On defense, he has totaled 83 tackles, one interception, one pass breakup, one forced fumble, and two fumble recoveries.
Georgia football is looking at losing inside linebacker Monty Rice and possibly Nate McBride. So there is definitely a need at the linebacker position in 2021. Especially since Georgia did not sign a single inside linebacker in 2020. Mondon has the athletic ability to step right in and make a difference in Georgia’s defense right away.
Here is what Charles Power of 247Sports had to say on Mondon:
Possesses outstanding length for a linebacker. Has some muscle mass without bad weight. Should fill out significantly once he gets in a college strength and conditioning program. Shows his athletic ability playing all over the field for his high school team as a ball carrier on offense and linebacker on defense. Has the speed to outrun defenses for long scores. Has a long stride in the open field and runs very well. Capable of making game-changing plays in all three phases. Athleticism transfers over to defense where he shows high level range in playing sideline-to-sideline and running down plays in pursuit. Looks to be a natural mover in space and makes some plays while dropping into coverage. Will need to continue progressing as a read and react run defender. Projects as a multi-year starter at the Power 5 level with the upside of developing into an early round NFL Draft selection.
He also compares Mondon to former Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith. So all the way around this is a great get for Georgia football and continues Georgia’s push to become the new LBU in college football. Mondon could be the next great linebacker to come out of Georgia, following in the football steps of players such as Roquan Smith and Tae Crowder.