Scout Rating: ****
Scout Rank: #6 DT
Vitals: 6’4 / 316
Hometown: Salt Lake City (Ut.) Highland HS
His Recruiting Story:
Michigan got an early jump on Mone as they were recruiting and eventually signed his teammate Sione Houma. Mone had already played varsity as a freshman by the time the Wolverines found him and offered his sophomore year. Colorado and Utah offered and at different points, he declared those schools his leaders along with UCLA, BYU and Utah State. However, after visit to Ann Arbor in which he saw a thrilling, last second maize and blue victory over Northwestern, he switched his leader to Michigan. They would maintain that lead through the Fall and Winter and a week after Signing Day 2013, he committed to the Wolverines.
Mone is exactly how you draw it up when you're looking for an impact college tackle. He has a great frame, plays with good pad level, has plus level quickness and is relentless in pursuit. He does a great job getting off blocks, uses his hands very well and plays with a motor. He has the ability to fit in with a 4-3 or 3-4 scheme and could see the field early in college. – Scout.com national analyst Brandon Huffman
“I think it helped having Sione Houma out there for one,” said Benson. “Number two, I think he felt a strong connection with Coach Montgomery right off (the bat). Then when he was able to talk to Coach Hoke when he was out there in November, he just felt real good about it. He described it as a family, and that’s what he wanted with where he went to college… to have a close bunch… both players and coaches. He said he felt really strongly that Michigan was the right place. He really likes the coaching staff and he is really excited to be heading out there.”
-- Highland head coach Brody Benson
Mone is exactly what Michigan needs: a big space eater on the inside. That said, he really is much more than that. He’s athletic and seems to constantly be in the backfield. Coming in at 6-foot-4, 310 pounds, he will be physically ready to make an impact and is one of the better bets in the class to see time as a true freshman.