McMullen clarifies situation

Husker fans got a scare the other night when a report surfaced that Greg McMullen might be willing to listen to a new push by Ohio State. McMullen, the #21 rated defensive end in the country and rated 4-stars by, told last night that he might be taking a visit soon, but not to Ohio State.

Greg McMullen was the center of a lot of rumors earlier this week. The standout defensive end from Akron (Ohio) Archbishop Hoban has been dealing with it and also with the high heat and humidity which has camped out on most of the U.S.

"It's brutal," McMullen said. "When we started our workout today at 4:30 it was 92-degrees, but it's not the heat it's the humidity. Whew, that heat index is through the roof. We need to find a dehumidifier."

McMullen took a lot of phone calls the other night seeking comment to rumors that he was looking to visit Ohio State. Through it all, he understood the calls. "I am not mad at anyone. Everyone is just doing their job. It's their job to report on it and follow it up."

In the end, the report is that McMullen isn't listening to any other schools up to and including Ohio State. In fact, if McMullen is going to take any other visits this summer before the season it might be with his team mate LaTroy Lewis over to Nebraska.

"It still could happen, but our season is about ready to be in full-swing. It's not as highly likely as it once was. I am still going to try and swing out there before the season starts though for me.

"My situation is a little different than LaTroy's because he's still open to the process and I am committed. I am set. I am set in stone. I am going out there to see my new home in less than a year and I am planning on making it out there for two football games this fall."

While the visit with Lewis seems like a low probability scenario there is a chance that McMullen could be in Lincoln when another visitor is there. McMullen was just trying to call another defensive lineman to talk to him about Nebraska when Big Red Report caught up with him.

"I am actually going to talk to Vincent Valentine tonight. I need to find out what he's thinking right now about his recruiting and about Nebraska. I just need to talk to him.

"The boat is only so big and I can only do so much on the boat. I want some of these guys on the boat to say ‘Hey! We can all make a difference'. And no matter what happens, go out there and do what you want to do. I just want to be of some assistance to you."

It's only July and McMullen knew the day that he committed to Nebraska that there would be situations and rumors about him and his commitment. He knows that the pressure in on other teams trying to flip him. His pressure is over.

"I know it's going to be, for sure. It's going to be easy for me. They will know that I am a Blackshirt and I am going to leave it at that. I don't have to do too much. I don't have to stress myself out.

"I know their area code. I know 6-1-4 area code. I know what that is. That is all I need to worry about. I am set in stone. They are going to say that I haven't signed anywhere and that I can do this and see that. Yeah I can, but I am not a coward. I committed to Nebraska and I am sticking to it."

McMullen has already thought about the phone calls that might come this fall and how he's going to handle them. His path is set to be a Cornhusker.

"When I get that call ‘Greg so is there any chance…' and I just say ‘No, I am sorry.'. The game plan is set. You are not in it. You live and you learn. You make decisions and you live with them. I have made my decision."

Bryan Munson has worked with Big Red Report for nine years, covering recruiting and football. His work can also be seen in's SuperPrep Magazine
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