Louisville Football has been really hot on the recruiting trail recently and their momentum continued today. The Cards picked up a commitment from 3 Star 2021 TE Victor Mullen.
The 6’6 230 lbs TE chose Louisville over offers from Syracuse, UCF, and Iowa State, among others. Mullen is from Ottawa, IL where he plays for Marquette High School. He is ranked the 41st ranked TE in the country according to 247sports. Louisville Tight Ends Coach and Special Teams Coordinator Stu Holt was Mullen’s primary recruiter while Co-Defensive Coordinator Cort Dennison was his secondary recruiter.
After watching Mullen’s highlights, I can see why Louisville valued him as a prospect. He is unique with his 6’6 height and long arms. Mullen is a dual-threat TE because he’s a weapon in the passing game and he’s an excellent blocker, especially in the run game. His potential is through the roof due to his physical gifts.
As a blocker, Mullen is a nasty blocker. He explodes off the line and is very good at driving guys backwards and redirecting them. He definitely has the strength to pancake guys and does so regularly. They sometimes use him as a puller and lead blocker at his high school. He’s very good in space at picking up blocks and opening holes. What I really enjoy about his blocking is that he will not stop until the whistle blows. Many times, once he has neutralized his assigned defender, he will look for another one to block. That is something that current UofL H-Back/TE Marshon Ford excels at as well.
As a receiver, Mullen has high level potential. His height and long arms give him a big catch radius. He has excellent, big hands and uses them to catch the ball away from his body. His speed allows him to run streaks down the seam and to run post and flag routes to beat linebackers and safeties. It makes him a deep threat target in the middle of the field. He is, of course, strong and it allows him to break tackles and go up and wrestle jump balls away from defenders. Mullen isn’t afraid to go over the middle to make catches as well. His size will allow QBs to be a little more liberal throwing the ball high because for Mullen it won’t necessarily be a high ball. It will also allow him to be the only one to come down with it.
Mullen will likely need to add weight to become a truly effective ACC TE. The good news is that shouldn’t be a problem under Louisville Football Strength Coach Mike Sirignano. The skill Mullen has as a pass catcher along with his excellent blocking skills makes him a perfect fit for Scott Satterfield’s offense. I don’t really have a comparison for him as far as former players. He’s unique in his abilities. I will be curious if Coach Satterfield will utilize his pass catching ability more than he has in the past. I definitely foresee Victor Mullen becoming a huge part of the red zone offense. I think his receiving skills will certainly be utilized more than just in the red zone, however. Victor Mullen has the potential to be a special player at the TE position for Louisville Football.
With Victor Mullen’s commitment, UofL Football now has 5 commitments for 2021. 247sports currently ranks the class 10th in the ACC and 57th nationally.