Charles Mullen, a 6-4, 233-pound tight end from Madison High in San Diego, was a late signee for the Tigers, who are looking for immediate help from the 2004 class to build depth at tight end.
"Before I came out here I worked out with my dad at San Diego State," Mullen says. "When I came out here it was different than what I expected. They really work out here. It is at a different level. I feel like I am in a whole lot better shape than I was."
Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville encouraged Mullen to come to campus early to get adjusted to the heat and humidity of Alabama summers. The climate is a big change from what Mullen lives in back home near the southern California coast.
"It is a hard adjustment," he tells Inside the Auburn Tigers. "The humidity, when I first came out here, it was really hard to breathe when I was trying to run. It is still hot, but I can do the workouts."
Charles Mullen is shown at his first Auburn football practice.
Mullen says that in addition to getting in shape he has been working on his speed. When the pads go on next week, he says that he plans to give it his best shot. "I am going to try to jump in there and do the best I can," he says. "If I have an opportunity I will try to take it and earn playing time."
The tight end says if he has to redshirt and wait a season to get on the field that he "is cool with it." He says, "It will make me better prepared for next year, but I do want to play this year. I have heard the redshirt workouts here are no joke."
Mullen says he has already figured out college football is a different world from the competition he faced in California. "You have to go hard every play, every rep," he says. "It is not like high school where you can take off. You have got a group of people watching your every move. You have got to do the best you can and go hard."