Cullen Christian hails from Pittsburgh, PA. He's a 6-0, 180lb. safety/corner combo type of player. Rivals and Scout both list him as a 4-star prospect, with Rivals listing him as the #6 DB available, and Scout listing him as the #4 DB. He can play both positions, but it seems widely accepted that he's more of a corner prospect. He boasts a 4.68 second 40-time.
Boston College, UCLA, West Virginia, Maryland, Pittsburgh, Colorado, Cincinnati, Illinois...and THE Ohio State University.
What the experts say:
Barry Every - 08/17/2009 - Rivals
On the Hoof: Christian is tall, slender corner with narrow shoulders, long arms and lean, muscular legs. There is not much difference in his build and that of DeMarcus Milliner.
Needs Improvement: Needs to improve his speed, which will help him to recover when beaten on a route. Christian will also need to add some muscle mass and strength, which will help him make solo tackles in the open field.
Most Impressive: He has hips on a swivel, excellent ball skills and the ability to steer receivers off their intended route by using his long arms as weapons. His long arms also allow him to reach around receivers and bat down balls that smaller corners couldn't even reach. Christian is very confident and does not let getting beat affect him on the next play.
Conclusion: Cornerback is such a tough position for a freshman to come in and have an impact right away. I can see him getting some looks in nickel and dime packages along with special teams responsibilities early in his career. Don't be surprised if he is pushing for all-conference honors by his second or third year.