Saturday, April 23, 2005

Mullen makes it five | by Pat

The good news just keeps coming in for Irish fans as Paddy Mullen gave Coach Weis his verbal committment while on campus today for the annual Blue and Gold game. The St. Louis native has proclaimed his love for Notre Dame consistently during his recruitment and the only reason he waited this long to pull the trigger were some grade issues that have apparently been cleared up.

Mullen, a high school teammate of Munir Prince, is a 6'5" 260lb tight end/defensive end prospect that had quite an impressive list of scholarship offers for April. In addition to the offer from Notre Dame, Mullen had written offers from Nebraska, LSU, Ole Miss, Missouri, Oklahoma State, Michigan State, Illinois, and Kansas. As a junior he had a hand injury so he didn't play tight end; he just focused on defensive end. Even with the injury he was named First Team All-Conference as well as Second Team All-State and Second Team All-Metro.

Like Ray Herring before him, Mullen has filled recruiting interviews with quotes proclaiming his love for all things Notre Dame. In addition to being an excellent football player, he already bleeds blue and gold and that can only help Notre Dame recruiting. With nine months to go until Signing Day, Mullen will have plenty of time to help recruit other players to join him in South Bend.