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April 1, 2011

Mondie making a Mississippi move

Thus far in his prep career, Memphis, Tenn., native Devin Mondie has basically played every position on the offensive line. But over the last two years the 6-foot-4, 300-pound Moody settled in at left tackle and plans to man that spot again in 2011.

"My ninth grade year I played at guard and a little at tackle," said Mondie. "But I have started the last two years at left tackle. I am really working hard on my strength and it is improving every day. I work out in the morning and then I also lift again in the afternoon with my team. I am also trying to improve my speed."

While Mondie has settled in at left tackle, he will face change before he kicks off his senior year. After playing previously at Memphis Melrose, Mondie plans to conclude his prep career in the Magnolia State.

"We are moving and I am going to transfer to Olive Branch," said Mondie. "I think it will be a good fit for me and a good move. You are always anxious when you have change but I think I will be facing a lot of great competition at Olive Branch and will face some great teams too."

On the recruiting scene, Mondie has already attended a pair of junior days including one this past weekend.

"I have been to Mississippi State's junior day and then I went to Middle Tennessee State over the weekend to watch them practice," said Mondie. "I got a lot of junior day invites from Ole Miss, LSU, Tennessee and Arkansas States so I want to try to make it over to those junior days too if I can."

While awaiting his first offer, Mondie acknowledged a pair of Magnolia State programs are showing him the most interest.

"I don't have any offers yet but Ole Miss and Mississippi State are showing me the most interest," said Mondie. "I am also getting a lot of letters from Louisville and I have gotten camp invites from Oregon, Tennessee and LSU."

Mondie said he also plans to attend summer camp at Mississippi State and is hoping he earns an offer from the Bulldogs down the road.

"Coach (Angelo) Mirando sends me a lot of letters and me and my dad talk to him a lot," said Mondie. "He told me if I do well at camp then I could get an offer."

On his previous visit to MSU for junior day Mondie noted of the things that caught his attention.

"I liked it a lot at Mississippi State," said Mondie. "I hope I do well at their camp because I am really considering going there. It would be good to have that option and I hope to have a lot of options to think about before my recruitment is over with.

"But I really liked their weight room and their strength coach (Matt Balis) and their offensive line coach (John Hevesy). All of their coaches seemed real friendly and made me feel at home. The weight room they have was my favorite part. I also liked the way they handle things from an academic standpoint. I like how they do their study hall and how the players have their own study area. It is all well organized."


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