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Mister Christian, oh the time has come

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Stop me if you’ve heard this one, but a former elite recruit who played at Pitt is transferring to .. West Virginia.

Following Rushel Shell southbound down I-79 is Cullen Christian, according to PathernDigest.com. Christian will be a postgraduate transfer, similar to Devon Brown and Charles Sims and Clint Trickett before him at Dana Holgorsen’s WVU.

Christian, who like Ryan Mundy is a Pittsburgh kid who comes to WVU after spending some time at Michigan, has an affinity for Tony Gibson.

“From the first time I met him, I knew he was a down to earth guy,” Christian said. “He relates to his players, he gets it. The main thing, he puts everybody on the same level. Whether you’re a senior or freshman, the guy who deserves to be on the field is on the field. At Michigan, he never laughed at me. He always kept it real. When I got to Michigan, everything was exactly what he said. Everything was good. I could pretty much trust him. That’s a unique characteristic to have of a coach.”

Christian was a prep star at Penn Hills and generally considered as one of the best cornerbacks in the recruiting class of 2010. It hasn’t clicked for him on the field, though. He didn’t like the “direction” of the Michigan program after the Product-Hoke transition and decided to leave after spring ball between his freshman and sophomore seasons. He wasn’t a major contributor at Pitt the past three years and two seasons. In Morgantown, where he might have two seasons of eligibility, Christian figures to add depth to positions of need in the defensive backfield.