Kellen Mond made many Texas A&M fans very happy with his decision to commit to the Aggies on Monday night.
On Tuesday, the 4-star prospect, who will play his senior season at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., explained his decision to TexAgs.com’s Gabe Bock.
“I felt like Coach Sumlin and Coach Mazzone can put me in a great position to succeed,” Mond said on the TexAgs Radio Show. “I feel like at A&M there will always be weapons around you so you never have to worry about that. Also the education is one thing that sets A&M apart. Being in Texas and playing in the SEC are also big factors.”
Mond previously was committed to play for Baylor, but he rescinded that commitment following the removal of former Bears head coach Art Briles amidst an investigation of sexual misconduct within his football program.
In addition to Texas A&M, Auburn was also considered a contender to land his commitment.
As he looked for a new place to play, Mond said new Aggies offensive coordinator Noel Mazzone became a key piece to the recruiting decision.
“I think Coach Mazzone’s offense is the best offense for me,” Mond told the TexAgs.com crew. “It is almost like a pro-style offense that runs out of the shotgun. Coach Mazzone has coached some of the best in the game in Philip Rivers, Brett Hundley, Brock Osweiler, so I definitely trust him to prepare me for the next level.”
Mond said Mazzone has compared him to former UCLA QB Brett Hundley.
“Coach Mazzone has compared me a little bit to Brett Hundley, but he still says there are differences,” he said. “We have different running abilities and our passing is a little bit different, but he definitely says that he like the way I throw the ball and extend plays. He says that extending the play is one thing that a quarterback needs to have, especially in the SEC.”
Mond is rated as the No. 3 dual-threat quarterback in the 2017 recruiting class, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.