Decision Time for Cullen

It has been a long journey, but 6-6, 285-pound offensive lineman John Cullen from Fullerton Community College is almost finished with the recruiting process after taking an unofficial visit to USC this weekend. Look inside for more on the talented lineman.

It has been a long journey, but 6-6, 285-pound offensive lineman John Cullen from Fullerton Community College is almost finished with the recruiting process after taking an unofficial visit to USC this weekend.

Cullen, who is one of the top junior college linemen, is very familiar with USC's new coaching staff and took an unofficial visit this Saturday to learn more about the school and Lane Kiffin's plans for the future of USC football.

"It was actually a really good visit. It kind of surprised me," Cullen said. "I got to sit down with the coaches and talk some football, hangout with the players and get a feel for that, and I already knew the area."

The four-star lineman was heavily recruited by Kiffin and his staff at Tennessee, but wasn't sure if he had an official offer from USC, until he arrived on campus.

"I asked them about that and they said that I had the offer from the first time they had called me (at USC). They were like, ‘We didn't even think we had to tell you.'"

Cullen was pleasantly surprised by the news and was also excited about how his skills fit into USC's offensive scheme.

"They told me that they want me to come in and play left tackle," Cullen said. "The system that they are bringing is a great system for me and what I play. With my abilities, it fits me perfect, which is one of the best things about them."

With USC, Oklahoma, Utah and Kansas State still in the mix for his commitment, Cullen said three factors will play a major role in where he decides to spend the rest of his college football career.

"The opportunity for playing time at left tackle," he said. "The opportunity to come in and compete, and also a place where I get along with the players are factors."

Cullen played high school football at La Mirada High and likes the fact that his friends and family could watch him play every Saturday in the Los Angeles Coliseum if he decided to stay local, but said distance wouldn't have a big impact on his college choice.

"It's close to home but it's not. I would still be on my own and stuff but my family could always come and see me and my friends could always come see me," Cullen explained. "My family has seen me play pretty much every football game that I have ever played.

"With all the other schools that are recruiting me, I wouldn't mind leaving. Either way works."

With signing day just days away, the highly sought after lineman plans to shut off his cell phone and focus on making one of the biggest decisions of his life.

"I will talk to my family a little bit but its different being at a junior college because I am older, so my parents are both like, ‘It's your decision and you aren't in high school anymore. You are an adult and we will support you,'" Cullen said. "These next two days I will probably turn my phone off, think it all over and then just make my decision."


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