He tweeted Thursday a list of five schools he plans — at least for now — to visit officially in the fall. LSU was one of those five, with Florida State, TCU, Oregon and Ohio State joining the Tigers.
His message came with the disclaimer "things can change," but LSU's presence in that group most likely won't.
Things can change ???? pic.twitter.com/H2hNrd0c4g— Mantis.tm1?? (@Mullen_1era) July 2, 2015
Mullen has released several lists of top schools over the spring. They changed slightly from month to month, but LSU was always near the top. The Tigers have felt extremely confident in their chances of landing this elite corner throughout his recruitment.
He's tight with fellow Floridian Kevin Toliver and has taken multiple visits to Baton Rouge over the last year. He was last on campus for the Bayou Picnic in May and is expected to return for the Elite Camp in a few weeks. Corey Raymond has led LSU's pursuit and that strong relationship has the Tigers feeling optimistic they'll pull another top DB from the Sunshine State.
But Mullen portrays an open mindset when discussing his recruitment publicly. Florida State has long been considered the biggest threat to LSU in landing his commitment. TCU also seems to be high on his mind.
Mullen recently took a visit to Big 10 country, checking out Michigan and Ohio State, and it's clear the Buckeyes left a positive impression as they join his lead group.
LSU has felt its possible Mullen decides to shut down his recruitment this summer. That's certainly still possible, but it seems Mullen has his sights set on a later decision. Those five official visits he could take in the fall may shake things up, but from LSU's perspective, they still believe they're the team to beat for one of the best corners in the country.
If LSU does pull off his commitment, he'd be the third four-star corner to join the class, joining Andraez Williams and the country's No. 1 Saivion Smith. LSU also has high hopes for in-state corner Kristian Fulton, who still plans to announce his commitment before the season starts.
If all goes according to plan, LSU will once again finish with one of the nation's best classes of DBs, and Mullen would play a big part of that if they can reel in his commitment.