R.E. Lee (Springfield) RB Jonathan Mulatu (Photo: Andy Hilton/recruit757)
Villanova offers late and pours it on to gain a commitment from Jonathan Mulatu
by Andy Hilton, recruit757
We know Jonathan Mulatu (2019 RB 6-0 195) as one of three running backs in the beltway region who had a spectacular junior year in 2017. Along with Wakefield’s Rodney Lee and Falls Church RB Dakwandre Marshall, Mulatu is a part of a triumvirate that rushed for over 1000 yards for their squad last season.
Quite a few schools saw the sense of offering Jonathan. Lehigh, Delaware, Elon, JMU, Lafayette, Towson, Fordham, New Hampshire, Yale, Harvard and Georgetown had offered when we last checked in with Jonathan about five weeks ago. Villanova offered after that. Jonathan visited on June 25 and made his committment to the Wildcats on July 31.
“I’ve been in close contact with the coach for a while now and he’s been real with me throughout the whole process. That’s one thing I loved,” Mulatu explained. “He told me how the coaching staff felt about me, and when I went on my visit I connected well with all the coaches.”
In Mulatu, Villanova is getting a multi-faceted play maker. Last Fall, he was selected as a First Team All-National District running back and punter after posting 1611 rushing yards on 193 carries to go along with 10 catches for 139 receiving yards and a total of 20 touchdowns on the season.
Beyond his connection with the coaching staff, Jonathan explained how Villanova won out over all the other schools that had offered.
“Villanova offers a great balance for me with education and football. I’m comfortable there and can see myself being there for four years,” he said.
With his commitment out of the way, Mulatu can look forward to a productive senior season.
“I’m ready to focus on my senior campaign now.”
Lee opens their season on the road at West Springfield on August 24, in a game where they’ll look to avenge last year’s 28-19 loss to the Spartans. In that game last year, Mulatu was limited to 45 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries, but was able to burn West Springfield for 74 yards and a touchdown on three receptions.
– Andy Hilton
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