As Clemson defensive players continue to flow into the NFL year after year, it reinforces the need for a strong recruiting class every year, and is a major reason as to why the Tigers always stock up on player on the defensive side of the ball, especially the defensive line.
After the 2018 season, there will be some turnover in the secondary, especially at cornerback, assuming certain players leave early for the draft which they very well may.
It’s time to start taking a look at some names from the 2019 class that could end up being strong contributors in the seasons to come.
Tiawan Mullen, the younger brother of current Clemson starting cornerback Trayvon Mullen, could be on the list of 2019 recruits receiving an offer to join Brent Venables and one of the best defenses in the country.
Mullen, a 5-foot-10, 160-pound cornerback out of Coconut Creek (Fla.) High School, does not possess the same size as his older brother and is not ranked as highly as he was, but that does not mean he would not be a good fit for the Clemson defense.
If anything, Venables has proven that size does not mean much in the secondary, just look at the way he uses Ryan Carter and Van Smith. The Tigers utilize matchups and versatile players to effectively plug-in-play in the secondary.
Add that on top of the fact that Mullen is only a junior and still has plenty of time to develop his skillset and fill out his frame.
Recently, Mullen has not taken any visits because his season is still going and he is just focusing on his team but after the season he will be hitting the road to schools.
Mullen told The Clemson Insider he will most likely be taking visits to Louisville, TCU, Indiana, Oregon and several other schools he is not sure of yet. There are several schools that Mullen is looking to hear from in the near future, including Clemson, Ohio State, Florida State and Penn State.
Mullen has seen all of the ins and outs of Clemson’s program from his brother being there but mentioned he would like to establish a stronger relationship with the coaches.
“I’ve seen mostly everything but hearing wise I would just want get a stronger relationship with the coaches,” he said.
Mullen is not sure if he’s close to an offer from Clemson yet, but said it could end up coming sooner than later if he starts to develop those relationships with the coaches.
“Well, I don’t know yet but if its close it will come soon,” he said.