Mullen Makes the Call - He's IU-Bound

Bloomington - Three-star recruit Kenny Mullen said he had a door open for Indiana throughout the recruiting process, and now he's closed the door on the recruiting competition with a verbal commitment to the Hoosiers...

Bloomington – Indiana has a good problem with its latest commit, Kenny Mullen.

The 5'9", 180-pound Ft. Wayne Bishop Luers standout has shown high-caliber skills on both sides of the ball. Offensively, he rushed for 1,163 yards and 30 touchdowns as a junior to go along with 562 receiving yards. On the other side of the ball, he picked off five passes, three of which he returned for touchdowns.

As if that wasn't enough, Mullen added a pair of kickoff returns for touchdowns as well as a punt return for a score.

Indiana might not be entirely sold on where Mullen will wind up, but they're very glad to have him as part of its 2011 recruiting class. Mullen committed to the Hoosiers Thursday morning, doing so after a visit to Bloomington on Wednesday.

"IU has always been in the mix, and they've shown a lot of interest," Mullen said. "They've always had a door open for me, and I did the same for them."

Besides developing a strong relationship with his recruiting coach Kyle Conner, Mullen said he always talked at length with his former high school teammate, current IU redshirt freshman Lawrence Barnett. Barnett has rapidly climbed the Hoosiers' depth chart, and spoke highly of his experience with the program to date.

"He thought it would be a good place for me, really got in my ear about coming there," Mullen said of Barnett. "He said they really stressed academics there, and that's the most important thing. He said it's a great place, the coaches are nice, and that it's going really well for him. He thought it would be good to play together again."

The work put in by Barnett and Conner has paid off. In Mullen the Hoosiers are getting Scout.com's 75th-ranked cornerback nationally and their fifth three-star recruit to date.

"They said they think I could be a good fit on either side of the ball," Mullen said. "They like my speed, they like my hips, my awareness, my smarts and my physical-ness. They've said they're impressed with my all-around game."


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