Recruiting: Texas QB Mundell picks Army

Zach Mundell’s quarterback skill set attracted the attention of all three Division I service academies.

Army was the first to offer the Martin (Arlington) Texas rising senior in March. Navy and Air Force followed with offer to Mundell in May.

Mundell committed to Jeff Monken and the Black Knights Thursday, citing a strong connection with Army’s coaching staff and deep history of serving within his family.

“The opportunity to go to a school like West Point is something I knew I couldn’t pass up from the high level of football and one of the best educations to get in the country,” Mundell said Friday. “The coaches have described a brotherhood like no other. I look forward to joining that and it really felt like a place I could call home.”

The 5-foot-10, 170-pound quarterback added, “The coaches from Army made the recruiting process amazing and my family was definitely leaning toward Army with us having military in our family.”

Two of Mundell’s uncles are colonel and lieutenant colonel in the Army. One is attending Harvard War College. Mundell’s great-grandmother was in the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps and received two battle stars as a sergeant. His great-great uncle was private that was killed in the Battle of the Bulge.

Mundell also has family members that have served in the Navy and Air Force. His grandfather was in the Navy.

“I grew up watching the Army-Navy game but just until a year ago, I started watching Army more and more,” Mundell said.

Army is getting a winner and dual-threat talent in Mundell. He led Martin to a 11-2 record as a junior. Mundell threw for 1,522 yards and 18 touchdowns and added 742 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns. Though he may not operate Army’s exact flexbone scheme at Martin, Mundell believes his ability to extend plays with his feet will help with the transition.

“We don’t run the triple option but I’m definitely a dual threat and I feel like the way I play would fit in perfect (at Army),” Mundell said.

Mundell’s commitment is Army’s first 2021 verbal since Father’s Day. Navy has received at least six commits, who were also offered by Army, over the last two weeks.

2021 commits (14)
S Michael Cerniauskas, 5-11, 192, Catholic HS, Baton Rogue, La.: Other offers – Navy, Air Force, Ohio, Louisiana-Monroe. Father Chris is 1993 West Point graduate. Attended 2019 Army prospect camp.
TE Danny Joiner, 6-3, 240, North Kansas City (Mo.) HS: Other offers – Bowling Green, Toledo
DB Casey Larkin, 6-foot, 180, Wall (N.J.) Township HS: Other offers – Navy
OL Gavyn Lewis, 6-5, 275, Morgan County HS, Madison, Ga.: Other offers – Air Force
LS Jaxon Miller, 6-2, 240, Triton Central HS, Fairland, Ind.: Other offers – Air Force
QB Zach Mundell, 5-10, 170, Martin HS, Arlington, Texas: Other offers – Navy, Air Force
FB Lincoln Parker, 5-11, 220, Marist School, Atlanta, Ga.
FB Hayden Reed, 6-2, 210, Plant HS, Tampa, Fla.: Other offers – Colorado State
QB Robbie Sanders, 5-10, 180, Lake Minneola HS, Clermont, Fla.
QB Nick Sawyer, Sparkman HS, Harvest, Ala.: First offer – Army. Accounted for 21 touchdowns (14 passing, 7 rushing) in 2019.
RB Casey Shorter, 5-11, 215, Taylor HS, Katy, Texas: Rushed for 1,339 yards and scored 18 touchdowns as junior.
LB Emaud Triplett, 5-11, 205, Owasso (Okla.) HS: Other offers – North Texas, Eastern Michigan
CB Da’Veon Turner, 5-9, 170, Harper Woods (Mich.) HS: Other offers – Akron, Bowling Green
DB Leroy Watson, 5-10, 160, Central Catholic HS, Toledo, Ohio: Other offers – Arkansas State, Miami (Ohio), Western Michigan

Commitments by state: Florida (2), Georgia (2), Texas (2), Alabama (1), Indiana (1), Louisiana (1), Michigan (1), Missouri (1), New Jersey (1), Ohio (1), Oklahoma (1)

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