Georgia out to massive Crystal Ball lead for 5-star Smael Mondon
ByJAKE ROWE 5 hours ago
The coronavirus shutdown has seen Georgia land four commitments and begin trending for several other top targets based on the 247Sports Crystal Ball. It's not safe to say that the Bulldogs are in a strong position for Paulding County (Dallas, Ga.) linebacker Smael Mondon.
The 6-foot-3 220-pound five-star prospect has eight Crystal Ball predictions and all of them are for UGA. Six of those eight predictions have come in the past two months.
Mondon is ranked as the nation's No. 26 overall prospect and No. 2 outside linebacker according to the industry-generated 247Sports Composite. He's the No. 3 player in Georgia per those rankings.
When you look at the 247Sports rankings on their own without taking into account the two other outlets, Mondon is a little higher. He's No. 19 overall, No. 3 at outside linebacker, and No. 2 in Georgia.
The 247Sports player comparison for Mondon is Dallas Cowboys' linebacker Jaylon Smith, who played his college ball at Notre Dame. Mondon holds over three dozen offers and recently posted "sooner than later" on Twitter, indicating that he's close to a decision.
He's a two-way athlete at Paulding County, also competing in the 100m, 200m, long jump and triple jump for the track team. He's also a two-way player on the gridiron, playing running back and linebacker.
Mondon likely projects as an inside linebacker in Georgia's defensive scheme and that's a large need for the Bulldogs in this class. UGA came into the cycle needing a significant haul at defensive end, outside linebacker, and inside linebacker. It already has commitments at defensive end and outside linebacker but none thus far on the inside linebacker, a position where it didn't sign anyone in the 2020 class.
The Bulldogs currently rank No. 17 nationally in the 247Sports Composite Team rankings. They have the fewest commitments of any team inside the top 20. UGA ranks third behind Ohio State and Clemson in average rating per commitment at 94.49.