June 1, 2016
Kellen Mond, a 4-star quarterback prospect from IMG Academy, announced Wednesday on Twitter that he decommitted from Baylor.
He released the following statement:
After further discussion with my family, I have made the decision to decommit from Baylor University. When I committed last summer, the primary basis was due to having the leadership of Art Briles and Kendall Briles as a great football foundation. Although this decision has been difficult, I would sincerely like to thank the tremendous Baylor fans and community for their support during this recruitment process.
Mond is considered the No. 4 dual-threat quarterback, the No. 21 player from the state of the Florida and the No. 103 prospect overall in the class of 2017, according to 247Sports‘ composite rankings.
Mond’s decommitment is the latest in what has been a mass exodus from the school after its announcement of the plan to fire head football coach Art Briles. Kenneth Starr resigned as Baylor’s chancellor on Wednesday, via ESPN.com, with the school embroiled in a sexual assault scandal.
An independent study by the Philadelphia law firm Pepper Hamilton found that the school institutionally failed to properly handle a number of sexual assault cases, many of which involved football players.
Richard Willis, the chairman of the Baylor Board of Regents, said the following in a statement after the school received the Pepper Hamilton report (via Mark Schlabach of ESPN.com):
We were horrified by the extent of these acts of sexual violence on our campus. This investigation revealed the University’s mishandling of reports in what should have been a supportive, responsive and caring environment for students.
The depth to which these acts occurred shocked and outraged us. Our students and their families deserve more, and we have committed our full attention to improving our processes, establishing accountability and ensuring appropriate actions are taken to support former, current and future students.
Under this context, Mond’s decommitment—and any decommitments to come—doesn’t come as a surprise.
Citing sources, Jeremy Crabtree of ESPN reported Wednesday that six other players—Patrick Hudson, J.P. Urquidez, Jared Atkinson, Kameron Martin, Parrish Cobb and Donovan Duvernay—had already requested to be released from their letters of intent and that another player, Devin Duvernay, planned to do the same.
Mond, meanwhile, will instantly be a popular target for prospective schools, as he threw for 1,991 yards, 26 touchdowns and four interceptions in 2015 while also rushing for 898 yards and another seven scores.
Scout.com offered the following analysis on Mond:
Mond is a high-major QB prospect who’s equally dangerous with his arm and legs. Possesses great size, frame potential for young QB. Light on his feet while setting in the pocket. Ball jumps from his hand with quick release. Senses pressure well. Plus arm strength. Throws well on the run. Dangerous runner. Especially elusive for long-striding galloper. Release isn’t fully overhead, but close and has plenty of time to tweak mechanics.
His ability to run with the ball—he also rushed for 1,142 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2014—makes him a fascinating prospect, especially for zone-read and spread offenses. Mond is likely to have a long list of suitors for his services, along with the rest of the high-profile Baylor commits who are backing away from the school.
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