De Smet Jesuit Prospect Eyes Nation's Best

De Smet Jesuit High School in St. Louis is already producing a top prospect in Munir "Primetime" Prince, but another prospect has recently come up on Nebraska's radar. This new top prospect is big, versatile and even stars at more than one position. Just who is this speedy big man and what are Nebraska's chances to reel him in?

In speaking to Paddy Mullen, one thing becomes clear, the kid has a motor.  Even when he speaks, he emits a powerful, quick tone of voice, but very confident about the subject matter.  He continues that attitude on the field, as well.  Paddy is a 6'5", 265-pound tight end/defensive end prospect out of De Smet Jesuit High School in St. Louis, the same school as Munir Prince.  Mullen runs a 4.72 40-yard dash and carries a 2.4 GPA into his senior season.  He benches 290 pounds while squatting 440, as well.  Last season he played primarily as a defensive end due to injury racking up 55 tackles, 9 sacks and 15 tackles for loss.  He will be playing both as a DE and a tight end this season.  Last year, he was named First Team All-Conference (Metro Catholic Conference) as well as Second Team All-State and Second Team All-Metro.


He currently holds offers from Nebraska (the first school to offer him), Michigan State and Missouri.  He has interest in those schools along with Iowa, Ohio State, Michigan, Illinois, Notre Dame and Miami (FL).  His current favorites are Notre Dame, Ohio State and Miami (FL).  He is currently planning on camping at Nebraska, Ohio State, Iowa and Michigan State.  He claims his strong points as a football player as being very aggressive, his speed and being very quick off the line as shown by last year's statistics.


Growing up in Missouri, there was one school that Paddy was around most.  "I grew up major around Missouri. Both of my parents graduated from Missouri, so they're definitely the school I grew up surrounded by.  I went up there and really enjoyed it.  They talked to me about their future plans for me, they really impressed me," he said.  While Missouri appears to have a solid edge on Mullen, there's another Big XII Conference foe that has a decent shot as well: Nebraska.  "I haven't been up there yet, but the tradition is unbelievable.  Bill Callahan was there one year and I like his coaching style, being with the Raiders and doing what he did with what was available.  I was really impressed with him. I really like the guy, he had a lot of deep interest in me and he said a lot of things that I wanted him to say.  I was really impressed with the coaching staff and the letters they sent," said Mullen.  Paddy plans to visit Lincoln this spring.


Nebraska has made sure to keep the letter-writing campaign up with Paddy as that has been the majority of his communication with the Cornhuskers.  He does plan to call Kevin Cosgrove, his primary recruiter, this week.  On Cosgrove, Mullen said, "I think he's very professional, he came and visited my varsity football coach who said he's very good and knows what he's talking about, that impressed me very much.  When I called and talk to him about the offer, I was very impressed."  Paddy expounded on some of the major factors he will take into account for his big decision.  "Academic reputation is number one for sure; I'm going to study Engineering and Architecture.  Football tradition is definitely number two.  Location doesn't have much to do with my decision," he said.  When asked if he could name some places he really wanted to visit, he responded, "Notre Dame, I'm visiting their junior day this weekend, Miami (FL), Michigan State, Nebraska, Ohio State and Michigan." 


We caught up with Munir Prince a week or so ago who has the pleasure of playing alongside Paddy, so could Prince and Mullen possibly be a package deal?  "We could, yes.  He is just a great guy, we get along on and off the field.  I think he would be an excellent player to play with in college.  That would be a dream come true for me.  He is a big time player," said Mullen.

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