Wednesday, July 3, 2013
Pac-12 notes: ASU jumps in the kiddie pool
By Kevin Gemmell
The Sun Devils may have scored their hybrid linebacker of the future. It's just a far off future.
Keeping with a recent conference trend of handing out offers to pre-high schoolers, the Sun Devils offered a scholarship to 14-year-old Loren Mondy, a 6-1, 233-pounder who will be a freshman at Mansfield Lake Ridge High this fall, according to Chris Karpman of ASUDevils.com.
Mondy is believed to be the youngest commit ever for ASU.
This comes on the heels of UCLA offering quarterback Lindell Stone (also from Texas) and USC offering to wide receiver Nathan Tilford of Upland, Calif., earlier this month.
Ted has some thoughts on the practice of offering the youngsters here. If you don't recall this particular article from earlier in the month, he uses the word yucky.
There is, however, a connection in the case of Mondy, which makes this particular instance a little more understandable. Per the article, Mondy's father, Michael, played for ASU coach Todd Graham both in high school and NAIA East Central University. When you look at it from a legacy perspective, it's actually kind of cool.
Some quotes from Mondy in Karpman's story:
"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."
"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."
The guy who replaces the guy who replaces Carl Bradford better watch out. Graham loves players who keep the penalties to a minimum.
WSU future schedule
The Cougars added Eastern Washington to their 2016 future schedule, athletic director Bill Moos announced on Tuesday. They'll play Sept. 3 at Martin Stadium.
The teams faced off in 2012, which the Cougars won 24-20. It was Mike Leach's first career win at WSU. WSU won the previous meetings in 1907 and 1908. Also on the 2016 docket is a meeting at Boise State.
“We revived the series last year after more than 100 years and look forward to scheduling additional contests in the future,” Moos said in a statement. “This is a game that is of great interest to fans throughout the Pacific Northwest, particularly in eastern Washington."
Earlier this month Washington State and Rutgers inked a home-and-home in 2014 and 2015.