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Catamount Football Adds Two Mid-Semester Transfers to 2018 Class

Western Carolina turns its sights to National Signing Day on Feb. 7 - and the start of spring ball in late February.
Jan. 19, 2018

Cullowhee, N.C. - Western Carolina seventh-year head coach Mark Speir has added a pair of mid-semester transfers to his 2018 incoming class. Redshirt junior transfer wide receiver Nate Mullen and junior safety Brandon Bawn have enrolled in classes and join the Catamount football roster where they will take part in spring drills slated to begin in late February.

Mullen and Bawn join a 2018 incoming class that included five signed to National Letters of Intent (NLI) during the inaugural Early National Signing Period, Dec. 20-23. Mullen is the fourth offensive player added, joining fellow wide receiver Mahari Stribling (Loganville, Ga.), running back D.J. Atkins (Hogansville, Ga.) and quarterback A.J. Curry (Mt. Airy, Ga.). Bawn joins a pair of linebackers who signed in December in Chris Campbell (Vanceboro, N.C.) and Devlin Olawumi Jr. (Atlanta, Ga.).

Speir and his staff look to complete their 2018 incoming class on National Signing Day on the first Wednesday of February - Feb. 7, 2018. All told, the Catamount coaching staff looks to sign around 14-15 more student-athletes in February with the class expected to be completed around 20.

Brandon Bawn
S – 6-1 – 195 lbs. – Jr.
Macon, Ga. (Georgia Military College / Rutland HS)
Prior to Western Carolina: Transferred to WCU from Georgia Military College prior to the spring, 2018 semester … Over two seasons at GMC, played in 21 games and recorded 68 total tackles including 56 solo stops … Played in 10 games as a sophomore at Georgia Military College, finishing second on the team with a career-best 49 total tackles including 29 solo stops and a tackle for loss … Was among the team leaders with three interceptions, returning one 34 yards for a touchdown in a win over Hocking College … Also added a fumble recovery … Posted a total of 10 pass break-ups over his two seasons; High School: Tabbed All-Region twice including a first team honor as a senior in 2014 after collecting an honorable mention as a junior … Was named honorable mention All-Middle Georgia at safety in 2014 … Also participated in track & field as a prep, going to the 2015 state meet in the triple jump and 300m hurdles while also holding the Rutland HS school-record in both (300m hurdles, 39.55 & triple jump, 47’7”).
Personal: Is the son of Teresa Bawn.
Note: High school coach was George Collins … Was recruited by Blake Gideon and John Wiley.



Nate Mullen
WR – 5-9 – 170 lbs. – R-Jr.
Harrisburg, N.C. (Charlotte / Hickory Ridge HS)
Prior to Western Carolina: Transferred to WCU from Charlotte prior to the spring, 2018 semester … Signed at Charlotte as part of the 49ers fourth signing class in 2015 … Redshirted as a true freshman in 2015 … Played in 24 games over two seasons at Charlotte, recording 22 receptions for 146 yards … Additionally saw time on special teams, returning three kickoffs for an average of 23.3 yards per return … Was also the primary punt returner in 2017, tallying 81 yards on 16 returns in his second season; High School: Was listed as a two-star recruit out of high school by both and … Selected to the 2014 Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas, the first player to ever do so from his high school … Was a three-time all-conference selection, twice earning Special Teams Player of the Year plaudits in addition to All-State honors … Finished his prep career as HRHS’s single-season and career record holder for all-purpose yards, touchdowns, punt and kickoff return touchdowns, receiving yards and receiving touchdowns.
Personal: Is the son of Andrea and Jeff Mullen … Has two sisters, Rami and Maggie … Comes from a football family as his father, Jeff, was the former offensive coordinator and QB coach at Charlotte with previous coaching stops at Ohio, Wake Forest, and West Virginia with his first collegiate stop at Hawai’i as a graduate assistant … Jeff was also a 1989 All-America selection at defensive back at Wittenberg Univ., in Ohio.
Note: High school coach was Marty Paxton … Was recruited by Reuben Wright.

Western Carolina football and the Catamount Club will host a special National Signing Day reception on Saturday, Feb. 17 to provide an overview of this year's incoming class. Speir and his coaching staff will present the members of the 2018 incoming class with video highlights of each signee. The event, which is open to Top Cat level members and above and will be hosted in the Ramsey Center Auxiliary Gym, is scheduled for an 11:00 am social followed by the program at Noon - and precedes a Catamount hoops doubleheader that begins at 2:00 pm. The NSD event will serve as the pregame PurpleZone for the men’s game.

WCU's National Signing Day (NSD) reception is open to Catamount Club members at the Top Cat level and above with the social catered by Ingle's, The Chef's Kitchen. The Catamount Club asks that all eligible members planning to attend the NSD reception RSVP by 5:00 pm on Wednesday, Feb. 14 by Email at or by phone at (828) 227-2056. Space is limited.

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Last Updated: Friday, January 19, 2018 - 2:15 pm

2018 Catamount Football Incoming Class:

Date Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown (Previous School)
Dec. 20 Chris Campbell OLB 6-1 225 lbs. Vanceboro, N.C. (West Craven HS)
Dec. 20 Devlin Olawumi Jr. OLB 6-0 195 lbs. Atlanta, Ga. (Westlake HS)
Dec. 20 D.J. Atkins RB 5-9 160 lbs. Hogansville, Ga. (Callaway HS)
Dec. 20 A.J. Curry QB 6-5 205 lbs. Mt. Airy, Ga. (Habersham Central HS)
Jan. 16 Brandon Bawn (Jr.) S 6-1 195 lbs. Macon, Ga. (Georgia Military College / Rutland HS)
Jan. 16 Nate Mullen (R-Jr.) WR 5-9 170 lbs. Harrisburg, N.C. (Charlotte / Hickory Ridge HS)