Cullen Talks In-Home with Stoops, Patton

Recruiting coverage at SoonersIllustrated is still going as we look to bring fans the latest in Oklahoma recruiting news. Today, we caught Oklahoma offensive line target John Cullen from Fullerton in California. He talked about a recent visit.

For a multitude of reasons, the Oklahoma coaches are looking to get a couple offensive linemen in for the class of 2010. And the Sooners already have five commitments at various line positions, there may be room for a few more to come in to make an immediate impact.

To address this, Fullerton (CA) offensive lineman John Cullen had a few visitors in his house this week.

"On Monday night (Oklahoma) coach (Bob) Stoops and coach (James) Patton were at my home for an in-home visit," Cullen said. "It went really well and was the first time I had an in-house visit. My parents were there with me as well."

Cullen, who stands 6-foot-6 and weighs 275 pounds, is a highly sought-after junior college prospect with a plethora of college offers. And though he is still open, there are a few that have his attention, thus an official visit will be in the likely future for him.

"I would say that Tennessee, Utah, Kansas State, Arizona State and Miami are the ones I am looking at the most," Cullen said. "Also, Florida just came in the picture as well so we'll see what happens with that."

But even for a player who is open to all the schools mentioned, it seems as though the visit from the Sooner coaches left an impression on him.

"You could tell that there was an emphasis to come in right away and play the tackle position. They are looking for a guy to come in right now and play," Cullen said. "By them coming by, this is not just a coach saying that we want you to come here. To know that they got on a plane and drove to my house let's me know that they are serious."

Also, having two coaches in the home, one of which was Stoops is a big deal as well for Cullen. 

"You know, I have just recently gotten to know coach Stoops. Of course I have known of him because he is a great coach for Oklahoma," Cullen said. "But we have talked quite a bit over the past couple of weeks. And he is really a down-to-earth guy. He's not like an arrogant type of man. He is humbled and seems like a great guy to play for."

Cullen stated that he recorded about 60 pancake blocks this season and Fullerton's leading back rushed for about 1,900 yards and 20-plus touchdowns.

As for his visits, he has already been to Tennessee. Next up is Arizona State, and then Oklahoma will be the week after next on December 11. Utah is set for January, but the No. 5 visit is still open.

"I do know that I will take all five of my visits. I have not decided on the last one yet," Cullen said. "It will be no later than signing day before I make my decision."


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