Thursday, November 26, 2009
Cullen Christian: 2010 Michigan Commit -- Cornerback
Weight: 180 lbs.
High School: Penn Hills (Pennsylvania)
High School Coach: Ronald Graham
Recruiter: Coach Tony Gibson
Class: 2010 Recruiting Class (Verbal Commit)
Cullen Christian- UM’s Newest Commitment
Below is a short sketch of Cullen Christian from Penn Hills, Pennsylvania.
Overview: Here is a solid overall athlete, who combines good size (6-1, 180 pounds) with solid movement skills. Cullen can help UM at either safety or cornerback and also on special teams. He has played some wide receiver in high school, but in our opinion his future is clearly on the defensive side. Here is a guy who expects to get to the next level.
Strengths: Cullen uses his long arms and size to jam and reroute wide receivers effectively. He moves his feet well and shows a smooth and easy back-pedal. Cullen also shows solid explosion and good jumping skills (listed on sites and combine results as 35 inches in the vertical jump). Cullen plays a good physical game and is not shy about hitting. He has excellent hips for his height and does a solid job at jumping routes.
Needs Work: Cullen definitely needs to improve his overall strength and he also could use some additional weight. His transitions need some work and so does his ability to come out of breaks (seems to lay on the backside). He is not a burner and speedier split ends might cause him some problems. Cullen is somewhat new to the role of lock-down, press cover corner, but many state his potential as excellent. This is not track, but his 40 times are hard to find and have a large range. Cullen appears to be a football player, like Roy Roundtree and Vinnie Smith.
Cullen reminds us of former Michigan cornerback Jeremy LeSuer.
Cullen has been a long-time fan of Michigan football and has expressed admiration for Charles Woodson (good idea). It is nice to get fine student athletes out of Western Pennsylvania.
Will Cullen be the first of three or four high profile defensive standouts who will commit to UM before signing day?
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