EAST LANSING - Some of the Midwest's Top Juniors showed up to camp at Michigan State last weekend. Several of these players will figure into Michigan State's 2011 class and will be among their top targets. Afterwards, some of these players approached GSN's Sean Scherer off campus to talk about their camp experience. This is part one of his conversation with Fort Wayne Bishop Luers defensive back Kenny Mullen.
Scherer: What did you think of the atmosphere at Michigan State and what did you think about your performance?
Mullen: The atmosphere at Michigan State is tremendous, being around the Green-and-White and Tyquan (Hammock) being down there, it was great. I want to be there. The atmosphere was real good and I performed good at the camp and that's the best. I had a hamstring injury all summer but I wanted to come out and perform and show them I'm dedicated and real committed to Michigan State.
Scherer: Was this your second time down there?
Mullen: "Third time unofficially being down there."
Scherer: Seeing Tyquan (Hammock) down there, does that motivate you to want to play Big Ten football?
Mullen: "Yeah. Watching Tyquan play there for two years and he's like my big brother, watching him go down there and play at Michigan State is my motivation to either play with him or against him because he's a good athlete and you always want to play with good athletes like him. He's smart and he knows the game real well and I use that for motivation."
Scherer: When I was down at Bishop Luers to watch Tyquan play, I noticed how organized the defense was and how it played together as a unit. What do you attribute that to and what does that do for you as a player?
Mullen: "It comes from the leadership that the seniors have provided, being real organized is the key to being successful. It made us better because we knew if we were sloppy our leaders were going to jump on us so everything had to be sharp and the way it was supposed to be."
Scherer: Allen Trieu and I talk about the top players in 2011 and your name always comes up in the discussion. How do you keep the notariety in check, focus on football and just concentrate on playing the game?
Mullen: "It's just the motivation of trying to be the best you can be.
If you're one of the best in the Midwest, then obviously can be the best in the nation at one point. So I don't really get into being the best in the Midwest or the best in the Nation, I'm just trying to be the best that I can be and compete with the best players in the class of 2011.
DeAnthony Arnett, he's probably the top player in the Midwest right now. He's a real solid athlete. I'm just trying to compete with him to make me a better player."
Scherer: How does competing with DeAnthony make you better?
Mullen: "DeAnthony, he's the type of player his routes are smooth and sharp and everything about him is good. He's a real solid player. He's quick, fast and can change gears. Being a corner you won't often find a receiver that can do everthing DeAnthony can, especially down in the Indiana area. Going up against him makes me a better player.
I'm not really worried about playing the game anymore because that part of the game is mastered already. It's about making (it) a game.
With a player like that, you've got to think about everything he can possibly do because he's a threat in all aspects of the game. Going against him, you've got to think 'what to take away, what to expect, what can I do better'. It's about; when he makes his last move, where will I be? All that (kind of thing) is what can make me better."
Story transcribed by Mike Fowler
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