Coconut Creek, Fla.--Already one of the top cornerback prospects in the country for the 2016 recruiting class, 6-2 Trayvon Mullen has offers from top programs from coast to coast. That list includes the Auburn Tigers, a program Mullen got a chance to visit over the summer.
Getting to know Coach Gus Malzahn and Auburn cornerbacks Coach Melvin Smith, Mullen said there is a lot to like about the Tigers early in the process.
“I feel like Auburn is a good school,” Mullen said. “It’s a good fit for me. I do a lot of research on pretty much all the schools I have offers from, but I do a lot of research on them. I know they produce defensive backs, it’s a good DB school.”
Someone hoping to increase that production of defensive backs to the next level is Smith. Known for that during his coaching career, Smith has already made an impression on Mullen because of what he says and how he coaches.
“I talk to Coach a lot and he tells me that he wants NFL cornerbacks,” Mullen said. “He feels like I’m his guy for that. That’s big for me and kind of why I like Auburn a lot. I feel like he’s a good coach.
"When I went there for camp he was showing me different techniques and stances to cover guys," Mullen said. "He’s like an old-school coach. His style is going to be different from everybody else, but it’s still good.”
Hearing a lot from LSU, Tennessee, Mississippi State, South Carolina, Miami, Florida, Kentucky, Clemson, USC and Ohio State in addition to Auburn, Mullen pointed out he is not in any rush to make a decision with still over a year until his signing day.
“Right now I’m just taking my time with things,” Mullen said. “Things continue to come in so I don’t want to do my thing right now and feel like I made the wrong move or anything. When I make my decision that is really what I want to stick with.”
A talented return man as well as defensive back, Mullen said he is still developing as a player and feels like his skills are improving with every game.
“I think I have made the most improvement in my going in off-coverage,” Mullen said. “I’m getting better at zone-type play. I wasn’t really used to that at first, but now I have the hang of it.”Last week Mullen had a 77-yard punt return for a score in a rout of West Broward.