Monday, February 22, 2010

Cullen Christian: 2010 Michigan Wolverine -- Cornerback -- Signing Day Recap

Posted at 4:00pm -- 2/22/2010

Name: 2010 Michigan Wolverine

Height: 6'0
Weight: 180 lbs.
Position: Cornerback
High School: Penn Hills
Head Coach: Ronald Graham
Recruiter: Coach Tony Gibson
Class: 2010 Michigan Wolverine Recruiting Class (Signed)

Here is a solid overall athlete, who combines good size (6-1, 180 pounds) with sound 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.

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 backpedal. 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 sufficient 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 what is available demonstrates a large range. Cullen appears to be a football player, like Roy Roundtree and Vincent Smith, and not a track athlete on a football field.

Reminds GBMW of this former Michigan Wolverine:
Jeremy LeSuer

Red-shirt or play his freshman year:
Cullen likely plays if he picks up the system quick enough and an obvious need is apparent.

Where do they rank him:
ESPN: 4-Star .. #18 at position.
Rivals: 4-Star .. #8 at position.
Scout: 4-Star .. #3 at position.

Final Thoughts:
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. He has good size, speed and good arms, all helpful in becoming a very good cornerback.

Written by GBMW Staff

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

He has similar skill sets as Marlin Jackson, except that CC got dogged for not testing well at a couple of summer combines, but both are big, physical CBs with more than adequate speed and smooth hips.

Hope he delivers immediately like all other big time CB recruits have done in the past!!

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