St. Xavier (Cincinnati, OH) boasts one of the top high school football programs in the country. In 2007, head coach Steve Specht’s bunch finished with a 15-0 record and ranked number five in the country by USA Today. Virginia Tech doesn’t typically recruit the program, but this year the Hokies have extended an offer to one of the top defensive line recruits in the country.
“Ohio State was his most recent offer,” Specht said, referring to top rising senior Pat Muldoon . “He has just blown up. He is a 3-year starter for us. He is 6-4, 265 pounds, but he is a thin 265. He has a great first step. He may have the most explosive first step of any other defensive lineman I’ve ever coached. He has great explosion. He is a high energy, high motor guy. He’ll be a great college player wherever he decides to go.”
Coach Specht doesn’t know if Muldoon plans to visit Blacksburg any time soon, but he does know that the Tech coaches have offered.
“I know Virginia Tech has offered Patrick,” Specht said. “One of our defensive line coaches coached for Coach Beamer at Murray State, so he still has connections at Virginia Tech. He told them to take a look at Pat and they offered.”
Currently, Muldoon boasts 25 Division 1A scholarship offers. This spring and summer, he is looking to make many unofficial visits in hopes of narrowing down the long list of options.
“Patrick is doing his due diligence,” Specht said. “He is going to Iowa this weekend. Last weekend, he went to Ohio State and Michigan State. I know he is going to try to take a visit this summer to Stanford. He is looking at as many schools as he can right now. I don’t think there is a front runner. He is trying to narrow it down. He has to narrow it down because of the number of offers he has.”
In his junior season, Muldoon tallied 75 tackles including 16 tackles-for-loss and 12 sacks. Coach Specht discussed what position the star junior may end up playing on the next level.
“Ideally, with Patrick’s build and with what I’ve seen I think he is more of a 5 technique,” Specht said. “Depending on how big he gets, some schools could view him as a possible 3 technique. Some have even said 1 technique. We’ll see how much weight he gains.
“Patrick plays the 4 technique for us, but we will move him into a wide 5 on occasion. He played some...
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