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Notre Dame Football Recruiting

Film Don't Lie | Cole Mullins

April 22, 2023
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It’s been quiet with Notre Dame recruiting for a while. Almost too quiet.

I guess this weekend is when it’s going to start to get loud.

They got the ball rolling on their 2025 class with a commitment from DT Davion Dixon‍ and they just added a key piece to the 2024 class with a commitment from Cole Mullins‍. A multi-position athlete who also hits for power on the diamond, Mullins has some natural traits that pop on film and I think he is going to be someone who rises up the rankings as the process continues.

Height: 6’4”

Weight: 240

Projected Position: Vyper

ISD Grade: 90 (4-star)

National Average Grade: Unranked

What he does best:

Mullins plays tight end and off the ball as a linebacker in addition to playing on the edge. He shows things as a pass rusher when lining up there that are exciting to see like converting speed to power.

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He can dip and bend to the quarterback as well.

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This is something that players either can or can’t do. You can try to teach it, but not many can attack the edge of an offensive tackle and dip under like this.

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He plays with good leverage off the ball and I think can be very strong at setting the edge in the run game.

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What he needs to improve:

Mullins is raw in many respects in terms of hand usage and having a plan of attack as a pass rusher. He wins as an athlete right now and will need to put in time to develop as a technician.

Like just about any single player who plays multiple positions in high school, he’s going to need a lot of work when he moves to the defensive line full time including block recognition and disengaging from blocks.

What’s his ceiling?

I think Mullins has an extremely high ceiling. He already flashes so much potential with his twitch and pass rush instincts and he hasn’t even specialized at his future position yet.

I know some might question why he’s a Vyper if he’s already 240, but it’s more a matter of athleticism than fluidity than it is weight. Isaiah Foskey was a Vyper at 265 and Daelin Hayes was 258. I envision Mullins ending up around that range.

Hayes is the prospect he reminds me of the most. Some may recall that Hayes was 249 heading into his senior season in high school, but he was a hybrid player much like Mullins. Hayes was also raw as a defensive linemen when he arrived at Notre Dame partly due to not working exclusively as an edge in high school and partly because of the injuries and other factors that didn’t allow him to play enough snaps in high school to develop as much as some others. I

see a lot of the same traits that Hayes had in Mullin’s game. He has a chance to take off during his senior season as well as at Notre Dame once he gets to work with Al Washington in college.

Who he could be:

Former Notre Dame edge Daelin Hayes

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