4. Kellen Mond | Quarterback
4-Star, IMG Academy (Bradenton, Florida)
Kellen Mond is a challenging player to account for. There is a very real chance that he could see a negligible portion of snaps this fall, but there’s an equal chance he could take control of the starting job immediately. Given the disparity in outcomes, we’re forced to play the “what’s most likely to happen” game.
What’s most likely to happen this season is that Mond plays some sort of reserve role to one of the two Aggie quarterbacks that have already been in the system for a year or longer, Nick Starkel or Jake Hubenank. Mond looks to have an Everest-sized upside, but it’s hard to anoint him as the next great Aggie quarterback before he’s taken a single collegiate snap.
However, there is a reason that Mond has swagger and the requisite fanfare coming into College Station as a freshman. He ran circles around defenders at the Under Armour All-American Game and his high school highlights reveal a pattern of jaw-dropping scrambles and long, accurate passes.
Kevin Sumlin has proven he’s not afraid to play a first year quarterback. He went with an unheralded redshirt freshman in his first season in Aggieland. That was Johnny Manziel, and it worked out pretty well. He hasn’t started a true freshman yet, but there’s a first time for everything.