March 8, 2010

Spartans looking at Indiana DB

One of the top defensive backs in the Midwest for the class of 2011 will be Kenny Mullen of Bishop Luers High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana. SpartanMag.com caught up with the dynamics prospect last night and got some details on his recruitment.

As SpartanMag.com has reported on several occasions, Fort Wayne, Indiana is loaded with quality prospects this year. Player like Remound Wright, Tony Springmann and Mullen lead an impressive group. Mullen attends the same school as current Spartan linebacker TyQuan Hammock.

SpartanMag.com, scouted Mullen at the Michigan Showcase Combine a few weeks ago and came away impressed. We asked Mullen about the combine and how he thought he performed.

"I felt kind of rusty since I had not really worked out for football since San Antonio due to playing basketball, but overall I enjoyed being there and competing against many of the best players in the Midwest. I felt like I stood up to my name and did fairly well. I am a big DeAnthony Arnett fan and every time we get to go against each other it draws a crowd."

As SpartanMag.com indicated, Arnett was dominant at the combine, but Mullen was one of a select few prospects that had the quickness to stay with Arnett and enjoyed the challenge. Mullen was also not one of the many who would talk smack, but then make excuses when they were beat. Mullen is one of those that likes to let his play do the talking.

SpartanMag.com asked Mullen about the teams that are showing him the most interest at this point.

"I have an offer from Purdue and I would say that Oregon, Ohio State, Indiana, Iowa, Nebraska and Michigan are showing me the most interest."

Have you heard anything from Michigan State?

"I have not spoken with them personally, but Coach Treadwell is real close to my defensive back coach/trainer so he talks to him about me a lot. He sent my highlight film to them and is just waiting for Coach Barnett to evaluate it. I am very familiar with the Michigan State staff. I have been up there several times"

Mullen is in no hurry to make his college choice. He will likely hit several more combines and then attend 1-day college camp this summer. It is at those camps where we expect he could pick up a significant amount of scholarship offers. SpartanMag.com did ask Mullen what the most accurate measurable are for him.

"I am 5-foot-10, 170-pounds. I have a 32'inch vertical. I have clocked a 4.46 hand-held forty yard dash. I have a 305-pound bench and a 495-squat. Those are accurate numbers when I am training not necessarily during the middle of basketball season."

SpartanMag.com really liked what we saw from Mullen at the combine. Look for him to continue to see his stock rise throughout the spring evaluation period and summer camps.


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