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Pitt lands another ex-Michigan DB

Cullen Christian

In late March, it was reported that safety Ray Vinopal was transferring from Michigan to Pitt.

Almost a month later, it appears Vinopal will be joined by one of his former secondary teammates.

Cullen Christian, who revealed late last week that he was leaving Michigan, informed Scout.com that he will be transferring to Pittsburgh and, barring the unlikely successful appeal for a waiver, will play for the Panthers in 2012 after sitting out the upcoming season.

“I’m coming home and I am going to be a Pittsburgh Panther,” Christian, a native of the city, said. “Pittsburgh got my release and all that is left for me to do is to give them my transcripts and fill out paperwork. I’m leaving here on Tuesday after finals, so I might stop down this week, but I am supposed to go down May 9th and meet with the staff and do all the paperwork.”

Another significant reason why Christian chose Pitt was the presence of Tony Gibson on the Panthers’ coaching staff.  Gibson was Christian’s position coach with the Wolverines, and the cornerback told the website that the coach “was the main reason why I chose Michigan.”

As a member of Michigan’s 2010 recruiting class, Christian was a four-star player and rated as the No. 8 cornerback in the country according to Rivals.com.  Christian played in 11 games last season as a true freshman.

Christian could take a redshirt for 2011 if he’s not cleared to play immediately, and would have three years of eligibility remaining beginning in 2012.

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6 Responses to “Pitt lands another ex-Michigan DB”
  1. WingT says: Apr 25, 2011 7:14 PM

    This helps Hoke in that it frees up a scholarship – Hoke needs his type of players

  2. indi0228 says: Apr 25, 2011 7:44 PM

    That’s what UM fans kept saying when RR kept running off players and how did that work out for them? Your delusional if you think this constant attrition doesn’t hurt.

  3. halo81 says: Apr 25, 2011 9:51 PM

    Cullen Christian “frees up a scholarship”?

    I’m neither a Pitt fan or a Michigan fan, but Cullen is an absolute stud. That’s just Michigan bias right there speaking.

    Brady Hoke will do a great job at UM and I hoped they’d hired him over Les Miles the entire time, but this is NOT good news for the Blue.

    As a Notre Dame fan, I’m glad that we won’t have to face Christian in the future now, I’ll say that.

    As someone that has vast respect for Michigan, it stinks to see him leave.

    (Yes, I’m one of the rare ones that actually doesn’t hate Michigan)

  4. jaggedmark says: Apr 25, 2011 9:55 PM

    No one in Michigan cares. We saw this guy play, and he is sloooooooooooooooowwww!

  5. polegojim says: Apr 26, 2011 12:05 AM

    As I said the first time this story was run – this is a good thing folks.

    Wing T and Jagged Mark are both right on!

    @ halo – Cullen actually fell down the chart. He hasn’t performed up to his high school rating hype, and showed little signs of promise during spring ball. They told him as much earlier this month and he made his decision…which I predicted at the time would be–Pitt.

    @indo – it does hurt, but like surgery, it’s necessary. RR and his decisions absolutely WASTED 3 years. Only a few of his defensive players would make it on any other team. He was a poor…no horrible…no pathetic judge of defensive talent.

  6. halo81 says: Apr 27, 2011 12:53 AM

    @polego – I know he did. I’m familiar with both Cullen and a few members of the UM staff through my work.

    My point is simply that at his age, I don’t think he’s a kid you want to lose unless Hoke and his staff had a personality clash which was not what was indicated to me through conversations with Cullen on my contacts at UM.

    He’s a kid that I think needed a kick in the butt because he got along on pure talent alone in Western PA and has poor technique, therefore he was looking slow in Ann Arbor.

    Regardless, I don’t think I was nailing Michigan and hope it didn’t come across that way. I just would have liked to see him stay up there with Hoke as I think he has a high ceiling having scouted him for years.

    He’ll be a waste at Pittsburgh. Seriously, after Pederson fired that staff and hired the clowns they have in there now (except for Gibby and Calvin), the Panthers will be a turn-style in the Big Least.

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