In 2017, the Wisconsin Badgers look likely to have two, possibly three seniors start in the defensive trenches. This makes getting depth of a certain quality one of the paramount keys on the recruiting trail for Wisconsin.
On Tuesday, the Badgers landed themselves an intriguing three-star defensive end prospect in Isaiah Mullens. The Columbus, Ohio (Harvest Preparatory School) native tweeted his announcement, though his account is private.
On size alone, Mullens is an intriguing prospect based on some “uncoachable” traits alone—with a recorded height and weight of 6’4.5 and 280 pounds at the Opening Regional in Cleveland last month.
Beyond that, Mullens is still an active presence. Sure, his latest 40-time is north of five seconds, but he also has a shuttle that’s a 4.88 seconds, which for a young defensive lineman prospect is excellent. Add to that a Hudl profile which shows someone who can disengage a blocker in the run game and not lose steps when engaged, you have a defensive end prospect that the Badgers could definitely get something out of.
Mullens has a solid offer sheet, as the Badgers had to beat out Indiana, Iowa, Louisville, Purdue and Rutgers, among others. After he visited Wisconsin on March 31, the Badgers apparently never had to sweat the process.
As it currently stands, Wisconsin looks to be finished at defensive end with Mullens joining Boyd Dietzen at the position. He is the 10th known verbal commit for the class of 2018—the fifth from out of state for head coach Paul Chryst and his staff.