One of the most sought-after linebackers of the class of 2021 appears set on playing in the SEC. On Sunday, Paulding County (Georgia) outside linebacker Smael Mondon announced a top 5 of Auburn, Florida, Georgia, LSU and Tennessee via a graphic posted on his Twitter account.

Listed at 6-3, 220 pounds, Mondon is rated 5-stars, the No. 2 outside linebacker, No. 3 recruit in Georgia and No. 26 prospect overall nationally in the class of 2021. He has accumulated 37 scholarship offers so far in his recruitment.

247Sports national writer Charles Power evaluated Mondon in February, noting early-round NFL Draft potential:

Possesses outstanding length for a linebacker. Has some muscle mass without bad weight. Should fill out significantly once he gets in a college strength and conditioning program. Shows his athletic ability playing all over the field for his high school team as a ball carrier on offense and linebacker on defense. Has the speed to outrun defenses for long scores. Has a long stride in the open field and runs very well. Capable of making game-changing plays in all three phases. Athleticism transfers over to defense where he shows high level range in playing sideline-to-sideline and running down plays in pursuit. Looks to be a natural mover in space and makes some plays while dropping into coverage. Will need to continue progressing as a read and react run defender. Projects as a multi-year starter at the Power 5 level with the upside of developing into an early round NFL Draft selection.


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Speaking of 247Sports, 8 recruiting experts have logged Crystal Ball predictions for where Mondon will sign and all 8 are going with the in-state Bulldogs. Mondon’s junior highlights can be viewed below via Hudl: