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Top Georgia linebacker recaps Clemson visit, offer from Venables


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Mondon is one of the top linebackers in the nation for the 2021 recruiting cycle
Mondon is one of the top linebackers in the nation for the 2021 recruiting cycle

The offers for the 2021 recruiting class are starting to flow out of Clemson, and one of Georgia’s top players picked up an offer from defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Brent Venables Saturday.

Smael Mondon is a 4-star outside linebacker from Dallas (GA) Paulding County who is rated as high as the No. 31 player overall and the No. 3 player in Georgia by Rivals and is rated as the No. 32 player nationally and No. 4 player in the state of Georgia by 247.

Venables made the offer while Mondon visited Clemson Saturday.

“Coach Venables came to one of my spring practices in May and he had a talk with me and talked about how they were interested,” Mondon told TigerNet. “And then he wanted to set up a day where I could go up there to Clemson. I had set up the 15th at first and then that got rescheduled because my parents had to work, so we just came up on the 22nd.”

The family spent seven hours on campus.

“I was on campus from 10 am until 5 pm. Coach Venables showed me the whole place,” Mondon said. “It really stood out to me that it was Coach Venables touring me, instead of someone like student helpers. It was great that it was him touring me instead of them. Clemson's new facility was really nice. I haven't really seen that at any other place. I knew a lot about them since they are the National Champions, but it was good to see it.”

Venables made the offer before Mondon left town.

“We were all out at a restaurant, me and my family and then some of the coaches. He told me there,” he said. “It's was great to get an offer from Clemson. For sure I would like to come back for a game this year. It's great and it means a lot.”

Mondon has an impressive offer list that includes Alabama, Florida, Florida St., Georgia, Michigan, Ohio St., Michigan, Ohio St., Tennessee, and Virginia Tech, among others. Where do all of the schools stand right now?

“I want to make a decision on the early National Signing Day of my senior year,” Mondon said. “Right now, all of the schools that have offered stand good with me, but I really like Clemson.”

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