ASU offers JC offensive tackle

Even Fullerton's College offensive lineman John Cullen was wondering why most of his offers to date are two and three time zones away, while most western region schools have ignored him. The Sun Devils broke that trend by offering the left tackle on Saturday, a move that was most welcomed by Cullen.

"Coach Lubick called me on Saturday with the offer," said the 6-6 285 Cullen. "Arizona State was looking at me last year too and they saw my game against L.A Pierce two weeks ago. I like that they are in the Pac-10. I've been recruited by a lot of far away colleges, and going that far to play is something I don't mind. But staying close to home is something I don't mind either."

Auburn, Louisville, Oklahoma State, South Florida, Hawaii, Utah and Tennessee have all offered Cullen as well.

"I was wondering what those schools were seeing in me that the schools down the street from me weren't seeing," Cullen commented. "So I was very excited that I got an offer from Arizona State. I like how they run a pro-style offense, and I really like their defense too. They can really hit."

The offensive tackle added that he expected Kansas State to offer him in the near future.

Cullen, who started ten games for Fullerton last fall, earned all conference honors as a freshman. The Hornets, who finished with a 10-2 record in 2008 and captured the SCFA conference championship, are currently 3-0 on the year.

"The best part of my game is my aggressiveness," he said. "I go into every game doing everything I can to make the guy's life lining across from me hell. I just want to ruin his day.

"I feel that I can play any of the five positions on the line, but I want to be a left tackle. Just like every player, I can improve on every part of my game. I'd like to improve my footwork and get stronger. I'd like to play at 295 by the time I play in college."

The Hornets'' standout stated that he was clocked running the 40-yard dash at a 4.85. In the weight room he posted a mark of 365 benching and 505 squatting.

John Cullen prepped at La Mirada (Calif.) High School and was recruited late in his senior year by UCLA. When he wasn't able to qualify to play for the Bruins he went the junior college route. The offensive tackle is on track to graduate in May of next year and will have three years to play two.

The offensive tackle would obviously like to play in the NFL after he exhausted his eligibility in a FBS school, but there are other factors that will guide his decision as to where to commit.

"Because I'm only coming in the summer and will be there for just two years," Cullen explained, "I want to go to a place where I know I can fit in right away with the coaches and players."

Due to the fact that Cullen can only sign in February he is taking his time lining up his visits.

"The only official visit I have right now is Tennessee on October 10th," Cullen noted. "Coach Lubick and I were taking about me taking a visit there near the end of my season or in January. I'm probably going to also visit Auburn and Utah.

"I'm not sure when I will commit. Whenever it hits me where I want to go to, that's when I will commit. It doesn't have to take all four visits. But I'm not in a rush to decide."


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