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PITT 2019 JUNIOR SERIES: TIAWAN MULLEN
Tiawan Mullen, 5-10, 160, Cornerback
Coconut Creek High School (Pompano Beach, Florida)
Pat Narduzzi and his staff landed a major recruit last year from the Pompano Beach area of Florida when highly rated cornerback Marquis Williams signed with Pitt.
They’re back in that area this year going after another talented defensive back.
Last month, Pitt extended an offer to cornerback Tiawan Mullen from Coconut Creek High School in Pompano Beach, Florida.
247 Sports rates Mullen as a 3-star recruit with an offer list that includes TCU, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan State, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Ole Miss, Rutgers, Syracuse and Central Florida.
”Right now, schools that I’m hearing from the most are Pittsburgh, Nebraska, Indiana, TCU and a few others,” said Mullen.
Immediately after February Signing Day, the Pitt recruiting department sent out some specially made graphic designs to a few recruits and one of those players was Mullen.
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— Tiawan Mullen (@Mullen_7era) February 12, 2018
Obviously, Mullen is a player high on Pitt’s radar.
“Coach Charlie Partridge and I have developed a great relationship and it continues to get better everyday. He tells me that I’m a perfect fit for Pitt and that I’m a perfect player for their defensive scheme,” said Mullen.
The interest level by Pitt seems to be shared by Mullen. I asked him the things that interest him most about the Pitt program.
”First off, the academic reputation of Pitt is very high so that’s impressive. Plus, they play a lot of young kids and don’t care what grade you’re in. If you’re good enough and can play, they’re going to use you. I like that.”
Mullen tells me that since they’re from the same area, he’s talked with Williams about Pitt and “he’s been talking to me and telling me to join the Pitt family.”
— Tiawan Mullen (@Mullen_7era) October 5, 2017
“I believe I have a really good football IQ and I can come down to the line of scrimmage and make a tackle. I need to sharpen up some things but I believe I have all the skills to be a great all-time cornerback and think I can be a great player for Pitt,” said Mullen.
Despite being from Florida, Mullen tells me that he plans to make an upcoming trip to Pitt, possibly as soon as the first weekend in March.