McMullen Takes a Big Ten Interest

Like many kids living in Ohio, Akron defensive end Greg McMullen has grown up watching and appreciating the physical style of Big Ten football. And like many top players in the state, McMullen has grabbed a host of Big Ten interest and offers.

MADISON – He isn't close to a tipping point, but one could understand if Greg McMullen suddenly couldn't take the recruiting process anymore.

After a junior season where he led his Archbishop Hoban (Ohio) team in tackles, sacks and tackles for loss, McMullen has drawn the interest of dozens of college coaches, pulled in scholarship offers and gets letters on a routine basis inviting him to camps and unofficial campus visits.

Throw in the fact that he's trying to stick to his weekly routine of weight lifting and school work, having last weekend off to allow himself to just relax at his home in Akron was definitely a blessing.

"I work hard all throughout the week with weight lifting, keeping up with my grades and staying focused but at the same time, I have more homework with recruiting trips, figuring out what schools I want to visit and where I fit in," McMullen said. "It definitely gets overwhelming at times."

What's really overwhelming are the places he's been and the places McMullen wants to go. Having camped at Ohio State and Nebraska last season, McMullen - a four-star prospect and the 21st-best defensive end in the country by Scout.com - has been to Lincoln for the Huskers spring game, Notre Dame for the Irish's Junior Day, Michigan State, Pittsburgh for a basketball tournament and a campus tour, and that's just hitting the bigger schools on his list.

"I've been a little bit of everywhere," McMullen said.

McMullen currently holds offers from Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Purdue, but more college visits are on the horizon, including a possible trip to Madison to see what Wisconsin has to offer from a defensive line standpoint. McMullen doesn't have an offer from Wisconsin, but has been receiving letters and emails and believes the UW coaching staff has spoken to his head coach.

"I've had contact with them and stuff, and I want to check out some other Big Ten schools and see the different style of play," McMullen said. "Different teams have different styles, and I've heard good things about Wisconsin from the defensive line standpoint."

With the Big Ten relying on multidimensional defensive ends, lineman that are fast and strong off the ends, McMullen's game seemingly fits what the conference is all about.

"I am an all-around kind of player, and I can play on passing and running downs, short and long yardage situations and anywhere on the field," McMullen said. "I feel I am a well rounded defensive end and personally feel I bring a lot to the table in both the running and passing game."

Wanting to finish out his junior season strong, McMullen doesn't plan to take any more visits until the summer.

"I am not trying to go out and get more offers so I can brag, because I really care less about it," McMullen said. "I am going to go out and explore to see what these places have to offer."


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