- Brandon P. Oliver, Reporter, DuckNation
Despite the decommitment of Alex Redmond, Oregon is sitting pretty with most of its commits completely solid in their pledges. One of the most solid commits in this recruiting class is future tight end John Mundt (Modesto, Calif./Central Catholic).
Mundt has had an outstanding senior season at Central Catholic that has piqued the interest of the Washington Huskies, among others. Mundt might not be the Ducks' highest-profile commit, but that hasn't stopped their bitter rivals to the north from pursuing him. The Huskies had been in pursuit of the 6-foot-5, 235-pounder in recent weeks until Mundt made it clear where he stood.
"I told them that I'm solid with the Ducks. I always have be and always will be," Mundt said. "They just kept telling me that they like me and wanted me to get up there to visit."
The three-star prospect has 27 catches for 487 yards and seven touchdowns on offense through 11 games. His biggest impact has been on defense for the Raiders. On that side of the ball, the linebacker/defensive end has racked up 58 tackles and 14.5 sacks.
It's easy to see why other schools are after the No. 11 TE-Y in the country. With his performance on defense this season, the rival Huskies may not be the biggest threat to steal Mundt from Oregon's high-powered offense. The biggest threat is likely an internal one.
"I spoke with Coach (Chip) Kelly a couple weeks ago and told him how excited I am to get up there and be a part of that offense," Mundt said. "When he heard that I had 14.5 sacks on the season, he told me to take it easy and get it out of my system before Coach (Nick) Aliotti tries to make me into a defensive end."
While Aliotti might want to switch him to defense, Mundt was assured by Kelly that won't be the case. Oregon tight end coach Tom Osborne will also make sure that doesn't happen.
"I talk to Coach Osborne every week about how we're doing, how the Ducks are doing and how I'm progressing" Mundt said. "He said he's excited to have me on board. We have a great relationship and I can't wait to get up there to play for him."
While he won't be playing just yet, Mundt will be at Autzen Stadium when the Ducks take on the Stanford Cardinal on Saturday night for his long-awaited official visit.
"I'm so excited. To be up there for the game that will decide the Pac-12 North and to have College GameDay in town too -- it's going to be amazing," Mundt said. "Just to be there for a game day will be great. I can't wait to see what the atmosphere is like, how the team prepares and how they come out with so much on the line. I'm just excited to see it all in person."
Mundt will be in Eugene early Saturday morning after Central Catholic takes on Ripon (Calif.) High School in a second-round playoff game on Friday night.