Offers Still Coming In For St. Xavier’s Muldoon


Cin. St. Xavier DE Pat Muldoon
Defensive lineman Pat Muldoon has become one of Cincinnati's most sought-after prospects. Who are his latest offers, and what does he think about the Buckeyes? Check it out in this update.

Cincinnati St Xavier defensive end Pat Muldoon is fielding offers from more than two dozen universities right now, including nearly every school in the Big Ten. Right now, he feels a little of the pressure of the recruiting trail, but is still enjoying the process.

“It’s going as well as can be expected,” Muldoon said. “I’m up to 28 offers and I’m expecting a few more. Then I’m going to take a couple of visits and then I’m taking some more in the summer and I want to make the decision as soon as possible. I’d like to make the decision before the season but I’ll see how that goes.”

As he listed the offers he has in hand right now, he mentioned that he is expecting Michigan to extend an offer soon.

“I have offers from everyone in the Big Ten except for Michigan,” said Muldoon, who finished with 75 tackles in 2007. “But they’ve kind of given me a verbal offer and told me to expect a written offer later this week. Alabama has offered. Boston College, Virginia, Virginia Tech. The only two smaller schools that have offered are Ohio and Miami of Ohio. Everything else is Big Ten, Big 12, ACC, Pac-10, SEC and such.”

With a frame that could fill out and plant him in the interior of the defensive line as a tackle, Muldoon (6-4, 250, 4.85) is not worried about where he will play on the line in college and said that each program is approaching it differently.

“They haven’t really said that I’d be an end or a tackle,” said Muldoon, who had double-digit sack totals each of the last two seasons. “Some have said that I could play defensive end or tackle depending how I grow and how I fill out. But no schools have said that they definitely want me at tackle or end.”

At this point, Muldoon is unsure of which school he wants to attend and has not really started to cut down his list yet.

“I’m researching all of them,” Muldoon said. “I’m really flattered that these schools have offered me and I’m not really sure which ones I’m starting to cut down. I’m probably going to get a top eight before the summer and cut it down from there. The number one thing I’m looking for right now is academics. That’s pretty important to me. Then I’m looking for how well I fit in with the team and the coaching staff. Are they going to be around for a while? Also facilities, and it’s also about the overall feel of the college.”

Even though he has not officially narrowed his list of schools that he might attend, Muldoon did grow up rooting for an Ohio team.

“I was a Buckeyes fan growing up,” Muldoon said. “It was pretty amazing to get the offer from them. Being a fan growing up, that made it a really high honor for me. It’s just something that I’ve always wanted.”

From his standpoint, Muldoon thinks that he plays with a big motor and that shows on the field.

“The thing that I think I do best on the field is that I play hard on every down,” Muldoon said. “I want to work on my double teams. Last year, I had some trouble on double teams. I’d hold my ground, but sometimes, I’d get pushed back. I want to work on that. Some of that was my size. I played about 230 pounds last year and I went up against some pretty big guys like (Ohio State’s) Mike Adams. I think I’m a pretty good pass rusher, but I want to work on that so I can get my speed up and get around the corner faster.”

So far, Muldoon has traveled on unofficial visits to Iowa, Ohio State, Louisville, Wisconsin, Michigan State and Pitt, among others.

“I like Wisconsin,” Muldoon, who wants to major in exercise science, said. “The coach has been to the school once now. I think they are coming again soon. I really liked the town of Madison and I liked the facilities. The way they practice was something that I liked a lot.

“Iowa was another place that I liked a lot. The thing that stuck with me was that I went there the day before a scrimmage so they told me it was going to be a light practice. It was shoulder pads and shorts.

“Ohio State was really good,” Muldoon continued. “I went there on their junior day and to one of their practices. For the practice, I liked everything that they went through. It was a light practice day and they do drills similar to what we do now. I talked to the coaches at the scrimmage about how much they rotate the defensive linemen. I liked that a lot. Coach (Jim) Heacock said that they play a lot of defensive linemen, which is a good thing. Overall it was a really great visit.”

Muldoon, who does not plan on camping this summer in order to take campus visits, will probably stop at Columbus again.

“I haven’t really started planning out where I’ll visit this summer, but I know that I’ll visit there,” Muldoon said. “My brother’s up there so I might go stay with him up there.”

Reporting a 3.8 grade point average, Muldoon took the SAT and scored 1,600 (new scale).


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