After installing a new scheme that showed promise with loads of young talent, Brian Borland and Lance Leipold will be looking to bolster the depth chart with an infusion of JUCO depth for the short term and incoming recruits for the long term. The influx of talent will certainly make it difficult for incoming recruits to get playing time right away as freshmen, but Justin Mulbah offers versatility that Borland may not be able to pass up.
The 6-1, 200 pound tackling machine is another consensus three-star recruit across the major sites and he can back that up with bone crunching hits on the defensive side of the ball.
Mulbah also holds offers from Army, Eastern Michigan and Kent State and garnered interest from several other schools, but he in particular is a success story for UB Recruiting for other reasons: one of his coaches at St. Vincent Pallotti in Laurel, MD is former UB great Justin Winters. Dave caught up with Justin for an interview last March (sidebar), and not too toot our own horn, but two weeks later Winters brought a group of his players to Buffalo and went back to DC with two offers, including Mulbah's.
You'll notice in the above highlights that although Mulbah is a bit undersized as a true linebacker, he possess a good combination of athleticism, strength and speed to make him a dangerous in-the-box presence. He can rush the passer, while also providing quality run support. His background as a safety also give him an advantage when dropping into coverage.
UB has had a lot of success recently with safeties converting to linebacker and Mulbah could be the next in line after Addam Redden, the recently graduated Okezie Alozie and Brandon Berry. Mulbah is of similar build and skill set and will be a quality option at the outside linebacker spot in Coach Borland's defense. With the departures of Alozie, Kyril Threats, Travis Pitzonka, and Nick Gilbo there is room immediately in the linebacking corps for Mulbah to contribute immediately.