It’s been more than a decade since Indiana’s football program has finished a season with a winning record. It’s been over 30 years since the Hoosiers last ended a year ranked in the top 25.
That’s all going to change in 2019, according to one incoming recruit.
Taiwan Mullen, a 3-star cornerback out of Pompano Beach, Florida who’s a member of the 2019 recruiting class, told USA Today that he expects Indiana to take a huge step forward next fall. In fact, he’s guaranteeing that the Hoosiers find their way into the top 25.
“I’m excited to get there and be part of a movement,” Mullen told USA Today. “We’ll be ranked in the top 25 next year, guaranteed.”
A top 25 ranking would be a huge improvement for Indiana, which currently sits at 5-6 this season, needing a win over Purdue on Saturday to reach the postseason. But you can’t fault the kid for having a ton of confidence in his ability and believing in his future teammates.
Mullen is one of several players headed to Bloomington from Florida. Head coach Tom Allen has established a strong connection with the state and has stolen several quality recruits from the Sunshine State.
Mullen chose Indiana over offers from programs like Nebraska, Kansas State and Kentucky.
“For me, Indiana was all about being part of a family,” Mullens said. “At Coconut Creek (High School), we talk about that a lot, too. It felt like the right place for me.”
Sharing a division with Penn State, Ohio State and Michigan, getting enough victories to crack into the top 25 would be a tough challenge for the Hoosiers.
That doesn’t seem to bother Mullen, though. We’ll see if Indiana delivers on his promise.