IMG Academy (Brandenton, Fla.) quarterback Kellen Mond was among the 24 passers taking part in the Elite 11 event over the weekend in Redondo Beach, Calif.
Mond, originally from Texas, was the highest-ranked recruit in Baylor class for 2017 until he decommitted following the firing of coach Art Briles. Mond has named a new top 3 and talks about the recruiting process, the Baylor situation, Elite 11, his plans and more with USA TODAY Sports’ Dave Schmulenson.
Q: What were your initial thoughts when the Baylor ruling came down and Art Briles was fired?
A: I really didn’t know what to think. I was away by myself in Florida so I gathered my thoughts and talked to my dad to try to find out what the best solution for me was going to be.
Q: Where do things stand now with your recruiting?
A: Right now I’m looking at Auburn, Ohio State and Texas A&M. I recently visited Auburn and Ohio State and I’m possibly going to be visiting Texas A&M sometime soon.
Q: What have you learned during the recruiting process?
A: Since the Baylor incident, nothing has been really stressful. The three schools are talking to you to get you you into their program. I’m going to take the recruiting process slowly and make sure I make the right choice.
Q: What has been the best part of Elite 11?
A: Competing against the best and meeting a lot of the great quarterbacks from across the country. You find out a lot of great things about people, in terms of their culture and their region.
Q: Which other quarterbacks impressed you? What are your thoughts on the coaches?
A: I really like Davis Mills and Hunter Johnson. … The coaches have been amazing. Every small point they can give you to make your game better they give you.
Q: What is the biggest thing you want to work on before the season starts?
A: I just want to keep making progress and work on my footwork in particular. I think I’ve gotten a lot better since I’ve moved from San Antonio to Florida and I want to keep going.
Q: What’s your favorite thing about football?
A: The confidence guys have in me and the way I get to compete and make my teammates better.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
A: I plan to study criminology in college. But before that, I hope I can get to the NFL. That’s always been a dream of mine.
Q: What do you do when you’re not playing or practicing?
A: Just chill with my friends play video games, mainly NCAA. They haven’t come out with the new NCAA yet, but I’m looking forward to it.