Muldoon Reflects on Visits to Virginia, Virginia Tech

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St. Xavier (Cincinnati, OH) star defensive end Pat Muldoon concluded his string of spring and summer unofficial visits with a trip to the state of Virginia to see Virginia Tech and Virginia. It was the 6-4, 265-pound rising senior’s first experience at either school, but he came away impressed by both programs.

“On Friday, I went to Virginia Tech,” began Muldoon, who estimates that he has now seen 11 schools over the past year or so. “I met with the defensive line coach, Coach Wiles, and he showed me around campus and the facilities. I talked with some academic people. I met a decent amount of coaches. Then we sat down and had some food.

“I traveled into Charlottesville on Saturday morning. There, I also toured the facilities and saw the campus with Coach [Al] Groh. He took my mom and I around. I talked with the strength coach there, too. I met all of the coaches and talked to the defensive line coach for about 20 minutes.

“I liked them both a lot. I’m definitely still considering both of them. Both places were really nice and I liked the coaching staffs. I enjoyed them both.”

As is the case with every other school that has offered, Virginia and Virginia Tech are recruiting Muldoon as a defensive end, which is the position he plays at St. Xavier. Muldoon, who St. Xavier head coach Steve Specht says “may have the most explosive first step of any other defensive lineman I’ve ever coached,” tallied 75 tackles including 16 tackles-for-loss and 12 sacks last season as a junior.

“We run a 3-3-5, so it is kind of similar [to Virginia’s 3-4 set]. We both do the 4-technique and the 5-technique,” Muldoon said. “Coach Groh actually showed me film on Chris Long and the moves he did.

“Virginia Tech is telling me defensive end also. I didn’t see film but I’ve seen them play and they have an outstanding defense.”

Alabama, Boston College, Iowa, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State, Stanford and Wisconsin, among others, join the Cavaliers and Hokies as programs that have offered the talented 2009 class prospect. While Muldoon hopes to narrow his list relatively soon, he did not let on to if he has

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