This is welcome news we received over the weekend and held until this morning to release so more of you NW Football fans could read it to start your week off. The Oregon Ducks are staying active in the recruiting game here in the Pacific Northwest and making sure to offer the top kids they want the most.
They have gone after kids like Bellevue High School’s Budda Baker; a kid who most schools have been after. This weekend they made their move on a young man from Jesuit High School who earned the respect of every player and Coach last season who saw him perform.
Henry Mondeaux, a 6’5″ – 242 lb monster, is a terrific athlete. Take one look at the film of this Tight End, Defensive End, and Inside Linebacker prospect and you will be a believer.
We covered Henry first after seeing him play early last season and predicted he was on the verge of making his move to the top of the recruiting ranks. He certainly has not disappointed. You can catch that story here and read about some personal challenges the Crusader has overcome to get to where he is at; a sign of the toughness inside this guy.
So when he headed down to Oregon this weekend to catch some Spring football he had a feeling something good was in the mix.
“I went down for a Junior type of thing Saturday. Jim fisher the recruiting coordinator and I watched practice first then I met with some of the coaches and Head Coach. Then went to lunch with the D line coach and the linebackers coach. With us was the Ducks Defensive Coordinator Nick Allioti,” said Henry.
Then came the offer.
“He offered me along with Coach Aiken to play outside linebacker/ defensive end for the Ducks.”
Of course Henry had a chance to meet with the new Ducks Head Coach Mark Helfrich.
“I met with the head coach and he confirmed the offer and told me why they liked me as a recruit. Then I got a tour of the new football building, got to see Phil Knight’s suite, the campus, and athletic building ,” said a business like and yet happy Mondeaux.
That offer adds to his offers from OSU, UW, and Cal. A very impressive list of suitors for a very talented kid who says he is going to wait for his decision to be made at the first of 2014.
“I plan to look at my option and decide after the first of the year.”
Henry does not do any one thing well. He does them all well and that is why he is such a hit prospect. His obvious size and power is coupled with great hands and foot speed and a Football IQ to match. He is no doubt one of the best assets in the Prep Football Arsenal that is the Pacific Northwest High School scene.
Way to go Henry. More to follow as offers come in!