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Tiawan Mullen considering putting Nebraska in top 5
If the Huskers coaches were being graded on how they’re recruiting 3-star cornerback Tiawan Mullen, they would be on the dean’s list this semester.
“My relationship with the Huskers is A-plus,” Mullen told Land of 10.
The Pompano Beach, Fla., native said he talks daily with his Nebraska area recruiter and Huskers outside linebackers/special teams coach Jovan Dewitt. He also speaks with defensive backs coach Travis Fisher often. And that’s not all. Defensive coordinator Erik Chinander and coach Scott Frost have had one-on-one conversations with him several times.
Dewitt and Fisher made it a point to see Mullen during the ongoing spring evaluation period.
“I just got done texting Coach Fisher, actually,” Mullen said late Tuesday. “I’m getting ready to talk to Coach Frost right now or [Wednesday].”
Mullen’s relationship with Fisher and the rest of the staff dates back to their days at UCF, when Mullen landed on their radar. The staff kept in touch during the move to Lincoln and values him enough that Frost has Facetimed with Mullen several times.
In those conversations, the staff has pitched the possibility of early playing time.
“I can come help Nebraska at cornerback,” Mullen said. “There’s a few other schools out there giving me the same opportunity. I just need to find the place to give me the very best outside of football.”
Mullen has tentative plans to be on campus for an unofficial visit in mid-June. He has a weekend slotted for an official visit in the fall, when Nebraska plays Troy on Sept. 15.
“I’ve seen what Coach Frost did at UCF with his coaching staff, and he brought them [to Lincoln],” he said. “I’m hoping to see the environment and the players playing hard. I want to see myself playing in the defense if I do decide to go to the Huskers.”
According to the 247Sports composite, Mullen is the No. 51 corner in the class and the No. 592 overall prospect.
Mullen told me that he intends to release his top five schools by Sunday.
“I should be releasing my top five schools sometime this week,” Mullen said. “[The] Huskers have a great chance of being in the top five. We’ll see when I release the top five. We’ll see.”
When asked which other schools are recruiting him the hardest, he mentioned Indiana, Pittsburgh, TCU and Ole Miss. I found that pretty revealing.
And on Wednesday, Mullen tweeted that he had big news coming later that night. My best guess is that Mullen will be releasing his top five, containing the five aforementioned schools.
This spring, Mullen vowed to be more vocal with his teammates and be more consistent in his technique. He’ll be releasing his anticipated top five after Coconut Creek High School’s spring game.
“I’m looking forward to it,” he said. “I trained very hard hard during the spring, weightlifting. I gave it all my best. I feel like I’m very prepared.”
Mullen said he can cover receivers in the slot and outside. He insisted he can play at the line of scrimmage and make a tackle with his 5-foot-10 frame.
“I play physical,” he said. “I know how to lead. I have a great IQ.”
Mullen may be on the small side for what the Huskers like to recruit at corner, but he’s clearly emerged as a priority for them. The lone 247Sports Crystal Ball prediction favors TCU.
Cornelius Nunn puts Huskers in top 8, sets date
Speaking of South Florida defensive backs, Nebraska has picked up some steam with 3-star safety Cornelius Nunn. The Miami Palmetto standout included Nebraska in his top eight, which he released Tuesday.
Nunn is the 55th-ranked athlete and the No. 594 overall prospect in the Class of 2019. Along with his list of finalists, Nunn announced he will be committing on July 2. Nunn included Indiana, Pittsburgh, Miami, Auburn, Tennessee, Kentucky and Syracuse along with Nebraska. Currently, the Orange hold the only Crystal Ball prediction for Nunn.
The cutdown came after 21 offers went to Nunn. In March, he attended junior days at Syracuse and Miami.
Nunn is 6-0 and 170 pounds.
I hadn’t heard much regarding Nunn and the Huskers until Tuesday. Perhaps now that he considers them a finalist he will plan a visit. Until he does, one would assume that several schools on the list are higher than Nebraska in his pecking order.
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