Trayvon Mullen is confident he's going to make an immediate impact in college.
"I can make a difference coming in as a freshman and help change a defense," the coveted cornerback recruit told Bleacher Report. "That's what I expect to do wherever I go to school."
He isn't quite sure where that will be yet but felt motivated to make an announcement Monday.
Mullen, a 6'2", 175-pound prospect at Coconut Creek High School in Broward County, Florida, shined some light on his whirlwind recruitment process Monday by tweeting an updated top-10 list in order of preference:
Rated fifth nationally among cornerbacks in 247Sports' composite rankings, Mullen holds more than 40 scholarship offers from across the country. He felt compelled to release the list based on new developments in the process.
"It's a situation that I've been able to get to know some other coaching staffs," Mullen explained. "I felt like it was the right time."
As he noted in the post, Mullen isn't excluding any teams at this stage. Even if they didn't make the cut on his latest list of favorites.
"I'm not in any hurry to make a decision," he said. "There's still a long way to go and schools I need to see in person."
Interestingly, Mullen hasn't visited TCU to this point. That didn't stop the Horned Frogs from landing atop his list.
TCU was ranked seventh in a top-10 list he released last month. Florida State, now sitting at third in this crowded race, was the former leader.
"I don't want to say that FSU dropped. This is just how I'm feeling at the moment," Mullen said. "Even though I haven't visited TCU yet, I really like the school and I've had some good conversations with the coaches."
Baylor, the second of three Texas programs to land on his list, extended an offer last Friday. Mullen explained that was a school he was eagerly waiting on and placed the Bears at No. 4.
"I just think I could really stand out at both Baylor and TCU," he said. "Not a lot of South Florida kids play college football in Texas, so I could be different. I feel like I could be a big fish at both schools. They've had a lot of success lately and I could help get those programs to the point they want to be at."
Mullen again flashed self-confidence by stating another element that intrigues him about TCU and Baylor.
"I like Big 12 football because they throw the ball a lot," he said. "That means I can make a bunch of big plays."
LSU has long been considered a top contender in this group, and that doesn't change after the Tigers landed in second on Mullen's list. The team is projected to sign him by 68 percent of expert predictions in 247Sports' Crystal Ball.
"I can see myself being the next big cornerback at LSU because they've had a lot of guys like me there before who had similar talent," he said. "I love the coaches there too."
SEC squads comprise half of the list. LSU is joined by Auburn, Florida, Georgia and Texas A&M.
Mullen pointed to Auburn's coaching changes as motivation to explore the program further moving forward. He spoke highly of new defensive hires Will Muschamp and Travaris Robinson.
"They're going to do big things at Auburn because that's exactly what the team needed," Mullen said. "They always move the ball offensively, so it was important for them to bring in some coaches to make things happen on defense. I feel like they can win a national championship in these next couple years."
Clemson is another program to keep an eye on here. Though the Tigers round out this list at No. 10, Mullen called the university a "dream school" and said he expects them to rise in coming months.
"I grew up watching Clemson and always really liked them," he said.
It's another sign that this seems to be an extremely fluid list, regardless of whether Florida State or TCU is occupying the top spot. Mullen mentioned Tennessee and Ole Miss as programs that could potentially enter the equation.
Baylor is proof that he's willing to thrust a new interest into the forefront of his recruitment.
"I'm not rushing anything and I'll keep updating my list depending how I'm feeling," he said.
Mullen doesn't currently have any upcoming visits planned, but he reiterated Baylor and TCU are two campuses he intends to spend time at in an unofficial or official capacity. His current mindset is leaning toward taking all five official visits before any decision is made.
This is easily one of the most open-ended and unpredictable recruitments in the 2016 class. With a talent like Mullen up for grabs, expect a wide variety of programs to continue their pursuit as long as possible.
All quotes obtained firsthand by Bleacher Report National Recruiting Analyst Tyler Donohue.
Recruit ratings courtesy of 247Sports.