Slowly but surely word is spreading across the country about the lockdown skills of Pittsburgh (PA) Penn Hills high CB Cullen Christian. The 6-0, 175-pounder was one of the defensive standouts at the Army junior combine in San Antonio, TX last month. Since that event both his stock and the number of scholarships to his credit have been on the rise.
Attention from schools further away from home, like Florida and Alabama, is becoming more and more common now as well. The frequent phone calls that become frustrating and bothersome later in the process are anything but at this point in time.
"It's getting exciting," Christian said regarding recruiting. "I'm open to everyone. Distance from home is not going to be a problem. My family wants me to get away from home anyway. It's going to help me become a man."
That welcoming attitude will surely encourage more suitors to line up at his doorstep. However, he made it clear that when do, they will be chasing the program that arrived there first.
"Michigan is still the leader right now," stated Christian. "Everybody still has a shot right now, but Michigan is just on the top. They really came first with the offer, and I feel that their coaches found me more important. I feel like I more in touch with them right now than anybody else."
Tony Gibson is spearheading the recruiting effort for Maize & Blue, and he has formed a fast bond with the Keystone State star.
"I just talked to him last week," said Christian remembering his last conversation with the Michigan assistant. " He was just talking about how I'm their man right now. I'm the top on their board right now. If I come there I could get early playing time if not start. That's a (positive) thing."
Christian and Gibson also discussed a tentative Ann Arbor visit date of March 18th so the youngster can take in a spring practice. That is just one of a few stops he hopes to make in the coming months. Maryland and West Virginia are definite parts of his yet to be finalized itinerary as well. The visits will be a key part of a weeding out process that isn't likely to conclude until the fall.
"I think I won't make a decision until my senior year, probably during the season," Christian reported. "I probably won't know until then."