Smael Mondon Commits to Georgia

Brooks Austin

SI All-American's No. 6 overall prospect in the class of 2021, inside linebacker Smael Mondon, has committed to the University of Georgia. He announced his commitment Wednesday morning at Paulding County High School in Paulding County, Ga. 

Already standing 6-foot-3 and weighing 220 pounds as a senior in high school, the physical similarities between Mondon and former Clemson linebacker Isaiah Simmons are real. Simmons measured at 6-foot-4, 238 pounds at the NFL Combine. Simmons also blew people away with his 4.39 40-yard dash. Mondon told Dawgs Daily on SI.com that he'd be in the low 4.5 range if he ran the 40 today.

Not only does Mondon display freakish athleticism and playmaking ability on the gridiron, but he's also one of the best triple jumpers in the entire state of Georgia in track and field. Despite obviously possessing the athletic ability and skills to go to camps and combines and impress scouts, coaches, and recruiting gurus, he never has.

Mondon has simply relied on his high-school team activities and games and has put together impressive film. He has worked hard, as opposed to doing a great deal of self-promotion. 

As for what went into his decision to commit to Georgia, a lot of his comfort with the program comes from the relationship he's built with the defensive coaches on the staff. 

"I talk to Coach (Glenn) Schumann and Coach (Dan) Lanning a lot," he said to Dawgs Daily on SI.com. "Of course, I enjoy it when I get to talk to Coach (Kirby) Smart. They are all just very genuine guys and coaches that are going to keep things real and be honest with you."

There's that word again. Genuine. It's something we hear from recruits time and time again with regards to the Georgia coaching staff. These players feel that with the Georgia program, it's more than just football. 

Mondon also told Dawgs Daily on SI.com that he will be enrolling early at Georgia and will be competing in spring practice. 

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John Garcia Jr.
John Garcia Jr.

I think of a current Clemson LB in watching Smael — Trenton Simpson. He was also a very good RB at the prep level and is built for all three downs. Huge get either way here.


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