Juco OT Talks About Recruiting, Visits

One of the top junior college offensive tackles in the country talks recruiting, his thoughts on Auburn, and more.

Fullerton, Cal.--There is no question that the offensive line is one of the top priorities for the Auburn Tigers for the 2010 class. One of the players who the Tigers are taking a long look at is big John Cullen from Fullerton College.

At 6-6, 280 with good footwork and power at the point of attack, Cullen is one of the top junior college offensive linemen in the country and that is evidenced by the fact that he's got offers from coast to coast.

Currently with eight offers, including Auburn, Utah, Tennessee, Arizona State and others, Cullen says right now he's pretty open with one school a little ahead because of a visit there this summer.

"I kind of have Utah kind of towards the top just because I took an unofficial visit out there earlier in the summer and kind of got to know the coaches," Cullen tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I'm looking forward to taking all my other trips."

Those trips include a visit to Tennessee on Oct. 10 for the game against Georgia as well as a likely trip to Auburn to see one of the country's fiercest rivalries in November.

"I just talked to Coach (Jeff) Grimes last night (Auburn OL Coach) about setting up a visit," Cullen says. "Depending on how our season goes we're talking about maybe the Alabama game on the last weekend in November."

Grimes is one of the big things Auburn has going for it with Cullen as the coach has become a favorite to talk with during the recruiting process. Because of Auburn's need for linemen he notes that it all makes the Tigers a pretty intriguing school.

"I like him," Cullen says. "He seems like a really good guy. He's talked to me about how they run things there and how practice goes. It seems like a good place.

"He's told me they've got four juniors and a senior right now starting," he notes. "They don't have very many people backing them up so he said I would have an opportunity to come in and play."

Something else working in Auburn's favor is the quick start that the Tigers have gotten off to this season. Playing for a winner is always important, but Cullen says it's even more important because he'll only have two years to play at the school of his choosing.

"I saw a little bit of the West Virginia game, but I had to be up early on Saturday to go to the school," he adds. "One thing I really look at is how many games the teams that offer me win. I hate losing and I'm only going to be at a place for two years. I want to be at a place where I'm going to win some football games."

Teammates with Auburn defensive end commitment Joel Bonomolo, Cullen and his team are off to a roaring start with a perfect record to this point. That includes a 70-17 thrasing of Moorpark College last week. Cullen says at the moment things are going well both for the team and individually.

"Everything is going good right now," Cullen says. "The season is going great. We're 3-0 and we scored 70 points last week. This week we play College of the Canyons and they are a very good team.

"I think I have become a much more physically dominant player," he adds. "I can take over a guy much easier now where last year I relied much more on my athleticism and footwork. That's all there, but I've added more strength and power to my game."

A speedy defensive end, Bonomolo is often times matched up with Cullen in practices as the two work on their games to prepare for the upcoming opponent. Cullen notes that has helped him become a better player and in the process he's getting a pep talk about Auburn.

"It's great," Cullen says. "The only way you get better is to work against the best. When you get to work against Joel it's working against one of the best defensive ends in the country. You're always working at practice every day.

"He'll always tell me that we need to go to the same school and that I need to come with him," he adds. "That's all the time."


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