Jimmy Mullen Set To Try Two Sports At Virginia Tech

Jimmy Mullen
Jimmy Mullen will try two sports when he first arrives on campus. (@jamesmullen23)

Jimmy Mullen
Defensive End, Class of 2023 (football walkon)
St. Joseph, Montvale, NJ
6-2, 250
No. 1 ranked heavyweight wrestler of the 2023 class by FloWrestling

Throughout his high school playing career at St. Joseph (NJ), Jimmy Mullen had hoped for the opportunity to both wrestle and play football at the college level. That hope is now a reality.

On Oct. 22, Mullen committed to Virginia Tech. He’ll start on a wrestling scholarship, though that could change to a football scholarship if he sees any game action on the gridiron. Either way, he said it’s the situation he wanted, a chance to play both.

Though his official visit came in July, it was a trip he continues to reflect on.

“I got along with the wrestling kids, and I already knew a couple of guys on the football team, got along with them really well,” Mullen said. “I have a really good relationship with the DL coach, assistant D-line coach and the wrestling coach. I knew I was going to fit in really well when it came to either sport. It was the only official, maybe one other, just me and one other guy, and we had a great time. That’s how you know you really like a school. There was barely any kids on campus, but I still felt like, ‘wow, this is a great place.’”

The 6-foot-2-inch Mullen will wrestle in the heavyweight division at 250 pounds. Throughout his recruitment, he said he stayed in regular contact with coach Tony Robie and assistant coach Jared Frayer

“Those are my guys,” Mullen said. “Coach Frayer was really good with my recruitment. I just got along really well with him. Coach Robie came out for a home visit, and that’s how I first started to know him. He came to practice then, when I went out to visit, it was the weekend of their wrestling camp and I saw him do a little coaching. I just felt like those were the guys who could really push me to the next level.”

Both coaches, along with the football coaching staff, have also laid out the circumstances with his Hokies scholarship. It could change, based on what he plays.

“If I ever see the field, one play, even on special teams, it’ll go over to a football scholarship,” Mullen said. “I think my first year, I might redshirt in wrestling and test out the waters for both, see how it is. They have a good heavyweight right now, who will have the spot next year, when I’m there. But hopefully the following year I can line up and start competing how they want me to, for a national champ.”

On the football side, Mullen, a three-star defensive end, is ranked by Rivals.com as the No. 26 player in New Jersey for the 2023 class. Coach Brent Pry, assistant coach JC Price and graduate assistant Korey Rush all had a hand in his decision.

“I mean, no matter who I talked to, it was great,” Mullen said. “With Coach Pry, it was hard because when we got phone calls, it was more shorter, this is how the plan is. They said I’d fit in with both sports. I’d call Coach Price and we’d talk for a half hour, just about everything, my film, how I’d fit with the rest of the team. I had a great relationship with Coach Rush. He hits me up all the time, just about my games, see how I’m doing. I just felt at home with all those guys.”

Mullen said he took all five of his official visits, with the wrestling programs at Penn State, Michigan, North Carolina and Oklahoma State. But Mullen said he believed he had the best set of circumstances with Virginia