As the four-star defensive end prospect from Cincinnati St. Xavier goes forward through the recruitment process, he has a few important goals in mind. Down to a list of about 10 schools remaining, the plan is to take a number of unofficial visits this summer in an attempt to see each school he is still considering.
Which schools will he check out? As of now, that is something not even the 6-4, 250-pound prospect is sure of.
"I'm going to try to take some unofficial visits but I don't have them planned out yet," he told BuckeyeSports.com. "I'm going to try to get that done soon. I'll try to get to about five or so."
When he does take those visits, though, one will likely be to Columbus to check out Ohio State.
"Right now I've got the list to about 10 and Ohio State's on the list, but right now they're all pretty even," he said. "I haven't seen all the schools so I can't say which ones are better than the others because I'm not really informed on some of the schools."
A self-described lifelong Buckeye fan, Muldoon said he was somewhat expecting an offer from the OSU coaches but was still surprised when one came along in early April. He has taken two unofficial visits to Columbus since the calendar turned to 2008, first taking in a junior day during basketball season and then returning to watch a spring practice.
He is being recruited primarily by OSU defensive coordinator Jim Heacock, who also coaches the team's defensive linemen. OSU recruiting coordinator John Peterson has also remained in close contact.
"Coach Heacock has come up to the school and I've talked to him on the phone a couple of times and I've talked to Coach Peterson on the phone a couple of times and I met them both when I was up there visiting," Muldoon said. "I've talked with Coach Tressel too and most of the coaches on the staff. I think I've got a pretty good feel for them."
As a junior, Muldoon recorded 75 tackles – 16 for loss – and 12 sacks while helping lead the Bombers to a state championship. Scout.com ranks him as the No. 18 defensive end prospect in the country.
Although he is an end in St. X's 3-3-5 base defense, Muldoon is being targeted as a player who could play tackle or end in college. No teams recruiting him have told him which position he is best suited for, he said.
"I think I could play either depending on how I fill out and grow," he said. "I've been playing end, so I'm a little more comfortable with that, but if I have to make the switch to get on the field earlier I'm more than willing to do that."
The OSU coaches have been specific in what they like about Muldoon, however.
"They haven't really said what position I would be playing for them or anything," he said. "The big thing they have said is that they like my high motor and how I'm really low to the ball. They think I could fit in pretty good with their system."
Muldoon is planning to study exercise science and business in college, and he has put academics at the top of his list of factor to consider when trying to select a school.
"(I'll look at) academics, the program and if I feel like I fit in with the team, the atmosphere of the school and if I feel the coaching staff is going to be around for a while and if I feel like they are top-notch," he said.
The desire to focus on his team and not on the recruiting trail has apparently already started to play dividends for the Bombers. St. X. head coach Steve Specht said his off-the-field goals for Muldoon this season are being met.
"Patrick's not a rah-rah guy," the coach said. "He's not a vocal leader and I never expected him to be, but I expected him to show his face in the weight room all the time. I expected him to lead through example and he has done that. I've been real pleased with what I've seen out of him in this offseason."
That is a challenge Muldoon said he has taken head-on as just one of two returning seniors on defense.
"I don't really have any personal goals," he said. "The team goal I have is I just want to make it back to the state championship and repeat, win the GCL for the fourth straight year and go undefeated."