A Texas 14-year-old became the youngest known football prospect to ever make a commitment to Arizona State this week during a visit to the school.
Loren Mondy, a 6-foot-1, 233-pounder who will be a freshman at Mansfield Lake Ridge High in the fall, said he gave his pledge to Sun Devil coach Todd Graham on Sunday in Tempe.
Mondy, whose father Michael Mondy played for Graham both in high school and at NAIA East Central University, where Graham was defensive coordinator from 1991-93, is a hybrid defensive end/linebacker prospect being recruited to play devil backer by the Sun Devils.
"I went to the Arizona State (satellite) camp at Sam Houston (State) and coach (Todd) Graham saw me and loved me and asked me if we could come down there so we did last weekend," Mondy said. "I was hoping to get offered and it happened the first day we were there. Coach was like, 'if you want to play with me I'm all with it. But if you commit with me you're going to have to talk to your family and really think about it and you can't be going to everyone else's school and camps and things.'
"So I talked with my parents and my dad's girlfriend and decided to commit to him because he's a man of his word. I'm really excited. Coach was talking about me going to that school I was getting goose bumps. I was so excited. I'm really happy about it. My dad is really happy about it too."
ASU was Mondy's first offer and the only one that he says will really matter.
"I only need one school that I really like really," he said. "If I find one school that is a good fit that's all I need and that's what I found (with ASU).
"It was great. The campus is really nice, the coaches are awesome, the facility is nice. I like the campus and it's like a family environment and coach Graham is like family to me. It's like family overall."
Mondy said his dad spoke very highly of Graham and was completely on board with the decision.
"He said coach Graham loves to work hard," Mondy said. "He loves to work hard, doesn't like quitters, is just a great person and a man of his word, which he is."
Mondy said he's unsure whether he will play junior varsity or varsity as a freshman at Lake Ridge, where he will play instead of Highland Park after his mother moved out of that district.
"I'm an aggressive player but also think about my teammates," said Mondy, who claims to run a 4.8 40-yard dash and have a 230 pound benchpress. "I don't try to go out there and get all these penalties. I'm a smart player."