The Opening: Henry Mondeaux Update

ATH Henry Mondeaux

Portland (Ore.) Jesuit athlete Henry Mondeaux was the final player selected for The Opening but he made the most of it and was one of the top tight ends in the event.

Henry Mondeaux is a two-way player who worked out at tight end at The Opening but is equally as talented on the defensive line. He was a late replacement when La Mirada (Calif.) tight end Tyler Luatua had to back out a few days before the event and made the most of it earning All-Tournament honors.

"It was great playing against all these great athletes from all over the country," Mondeaux said. "I loved it, this is how you get better and it was great competing against some of these top guys. I felt good out there and I loved the coaching we all got. I definitely think I got better and the whole experience was incredible for me."

Mondeaux took an unofficial visit to Washington last week and the Huskies are a definite player in this race.

"It was a great trip, I loved it there," Mondeaux said. "I saw the academic side of things and toured the city as well. I checked out the dorms and got to see what classes I would take there. Basically I got to see what it would be like if I was a regular student there.

"I already know about the football part there so it was cool to see the other side of things. Washington is recruiting me as an athlete right now. I talked to the tight end coach, defensive line coach and even the linebacker coach. They all were kind of fighting over me and I honestly have no preference where I play in college. I just want to play wherever I get on the field the fastest."

Mondeaux said he'll likely take unofficial visits to Oregon and Oregon State later in the summer and then would like to take a few official trips in the fall.

"The schools I'm looking hard at right now are Washington, Oregon, Nebraska, California, Arizona and Arizona State," Mondeaux said. "At the end of the summer, I'll figure out my visit schedule but I don't see myself taking all five of my trips.

"I've talked with some people who said it's pretty hard to take all five so I'll probably just do two or three. Right now, I don't really have a time frame for my decision, I'm still just taking everything all in. No one leads for me, I'm looking at all these schools equally right now but hopefully by the end of the summer, I'll have a better idea of what I'll be doing."

Greg Biggins has been covering recruiting for over 15 years, covering the West since the mid-1990's and currently serves as a national analyst for Scout.com/FOXSportsNext.
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