Milton (MA) Milton Academy linebacker Kalel Mullings publicly committed to Michigan on Thursday evening. He picked the Wolverines over offers from Boston College, Clemson, Notre Dame, Ohio State, and Stanford, among others.
Mullings is listed at 6’1″ and 227 lbs. He has already been selected for the All-American Bowl and the Polynesian Bowl.
ESPN: 4-star, 82 grade, #14 OLB, #202 overall
Rivals: 4-star, 5.9 grade, #11 OLB, #103 overall
247 Sports 4-star, 91 grade, #15 OLB, #186 overall
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Michigan offered Mullings back in 2017, so I’ve been writing about this guy for several years. He has visited Michigan numerous times, and he seemed like one of those early shoo-ins for the 2020 class . . . many of which don’t often come to fruition. And this one almost didn’t seem like it would. After being a Michigan lean early, the Stanford interest grew. We have seen players like Devery Hamilton and Stephen Herron, Jr. both ditch Michigan for Stanford, and I suppose there’s still time for Mullings to do that, too, but for now Michigan has won that battle after an official visit last weekend.
Mullings was a standout running back early in high school, but the kind that seemed too physical and stiff to stick on offense. He still plays quite a bit of offense in high school, and he often seems to be toying with his small-ish, less talented opponents. He has a little bit of wiggle on offense, but most he’s just too strong and too fast for them.
Defensively, he plays outside linebacker but doesn’t have a whole lot of nuance to his game. Mullings has a lot to learn about reading plays, using leverage, and winning battles with his hands. He looks destined for defense, but he’s a project.
Overall, I like the athleticism Mullings brings to the table. I see him in a somewhat similar vein to Michigan linebacker Jordan Anthony. There’s a lot of physical talent, but linebacker is a tough position to play in high school. I think it will take a couple seasons for Mullings to wrap his head around what to do in Michigan’s defense.
Michigan now has twenty commits in the 2020 class. The Wolverines have landed three of the top four Massachusetts players in this class (#1 Mullings, #3 Zak Zinter, #4 Eamonn Dennis) after nabbing the top guy in 2019 (Mike Sainristil). UMass must hate their former head coach now.
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