Coconut Creek, Fla. — Trayvon Mullen intentionally sidelined himself during his sophomore year at Boyd Anderson High School (Fla.) for academic reasons before transferring to Coconut Creek in hopes of starting anew.
“Every time I think about that time, it motivates me more,” Mullen told SEC Country. “Coming here showed me what type of player I was capable of becoming.”
Needless to say, the transition has since paid dividends.
Mullen has transformed himself into one of the highest-rated cornerbacks in the country — No. 3 in the Class of 2016 to be exact. He boasts 46 offers and has been named to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. At 6-foot-1 and 172 pounds, he has the size several programs covet at the cornerback position.
And earlier this week, Mullen gave an indication of where he’ll be playing out his college career when he released a list of top schools.
“It’s come down to the time where I’ll be making a decision and I felt like I should release a list of the schools I deal with the most and the coaches I talk to the most,” Mullen said.
LSU, Florida, TCU and Clemson are among the 13 programs he included. Mullen will determine his official visits from that list moving forward, but he admitted to SEC Country that he’ll likely take visits to Clemson, LSU and FSU.
As it stands, Mullen is slated to take an official visit to Auburn on Nov. 28 for its game against Alabama, but he conceded he may swap the visit for a trip to TCU on Nov. 27.
“I’m not sure now (of the Auburn visit) since I made that list,” Mullen said.
Not coincidentally, TCU is among the few schools that have been recruiting him the hardest of late, along with Florida, LSU, FSU, Clemson and Oklahoma.
It’s worth noting that Mullen did include five SEC programs on his list earlier this week. He went in-depth with SEC Country about the status of his relationship with each of the aforementioned schools.
On Ole Miss: “I like their defense. Period. I like coach Jason (Jones) as well. I did a lot of research on him and the defensive backs. I feel like I can come in and play right away as long as I come in with a straight head and I’m motivated to get things done. I can be a playmaker for them.”
On LSU: “I give them a lot of attention, honestly. I love coach (defensive backs coach Corey Raymond) and their coaching staff a lot. I’ve been with them a lot and I’ve talked to them a lot. I’m comfortable with them. It’s a school I feel I can go to and play right away. I feel like I fit their profile.”
Mullen said LSU has been around for nearly two years and was one of the first programs to extend him an offer. He said continuity and loyalty have gone a long way for the Tigers.
“We have a great bond,” Mullen said.
On Florida: “(Coach Jim McElwain) came in right away and found out the things he could do to the make the program better. And he did it coming from a school that wasn’t on the same level as Florida. He’s been a great coach and he’s shown he can make things happen.”
On Alabama: “Alabama, I don’t talk to them too much. I do, but not like I do with Florida, LSU and schools like that. They’re losing guys, too. I feel like I can come in and play right away. They need guys to step up, come in and be playmakers.”
Mullen hopes to build a better relationship with the Crimson Tide has begins to narrow down his list in the coming months.
On Auburn: “I really like the coaching staff and (defensive backs coach Travaris Robinson). The things he tells me are true. I’ve seen them with my own eyes. I can go there and play right away. There’s a difference between Auburn and other schools. They’re so young. I can go in and be that guy right away.”
Robinson recruited him during his tenure at Florida and Mullen said that has continued at Auburn, too.
Mullen is rated as the No. 6 player in Florida.