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5-Star QB Kellen Mond heard from Baylor, sticking with Aggies

Kellen Mond in the 2017 Under Armour All-America Game
Kellen Mond in the 2017 Under Armour All-America Game (NICK LUCERO |

Kellen Mond was right back at practice on Tuesday, fresh off his appearance in the Under Armour All-America Game.

The five-star quarterback was observing West team practice at the Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas.

“It was really good playing against top competition, playing on ESPN was a pretty cool deal,” he said. “Playing with some of the guys that I am going to be playing with at Texas A&M was cool too.”

Mond finished his high school career at IMG, but is from the San Antonio area. He said that he was out to check on area tackle Derek Kerstetter, as well as friends Darnay Holmes and Najee Harris.

His visit was of the more social variety. Although 12 players committed to Texas A&M after Mond did in June, he said that most of his work recruiting is done.

“It was pretty cool getting those guys,” he said. “I think I get a lot of the credit for that, but really it’s the guys that started off the class like Roshauud (Paul) and Devin Morris, who are the guys that recruited me - they get a lot of the credit too for forming this whole entire class.

“I’m not going for too many guys right now, just Levi Jones and some of the 2018 guys,” he added. “I think we have two, maybe three spots left, so it’s just trying to fill those in before National Signing Day.

Baylor has been proactive in pursuing both committed and uncommitted Texas prospects under new head coach Matt Rhule as he tries to piece together his first Bears recruiting class. Mond had been committed to Baylor prior to last spring, as were current A&M commits Hezekiah Jones and Jayden Peevy.

He said that the new staff kicked the tires on him after taking over in early December, but Mond is ready to start his career as an Aggie.

“(Baylor) tried hitting me up but I’m locked in on Texas A&M,” he said. “I’m enrolling in less than a week from now so I’m just looking forward to getting up there and getting back on campus for good.”