Summer could net offers for Mullaney

Several teams, including Arizona State, have taken a wait and see approach with Richard Mullaney. The Thousand Oaks (Calif.) wide receiver has been patient throughout the recruiting process as he takes in all the information that his suitors are providing him, knowing that the next couple of months could certainly bring a spike in his recruiting activity.

The 6-3 185 Richard Mullaney took in Arizona State's Junior day a couple weeks back, and his first in-person exposure to the Sun Devils was a very positive experience.

"I really enjoyed it a lot and loved everything they had to offer," Mullaney said. "I liked the facilities and the direction the program is going in. I really enjoyed hearing about their academics and a lot of stuff they said about their academics I wasn't expecting to hear.

"Trent Bray is the coach recruiting me and I have a great relationship with him and feel very comfortable with him. We talk a lot and I just like everything that he is telling me so far about Arizona State. They have been recruiting me for a couple of months now and I have been getting mail from Coach Bray and talking on the phone with him once a week."

Air Force is the only school that has offered the wide receiver a scholarship to date and Mullaney stated that expects an offer from New Mexico to arrive shortly. The Thousand Oaks' standout has attended UCLA's and USC' Junior Day events, and unofficially visited Washington and Arizona.

"Arizona State is definitely one of my favorites," Mullaney acknowledged. "UCLA, Washington, Stanford, Arizona and Wisconsin are up there too but all those schools are equal right now. I'm keeping all my options open, but I would probably prefer to play in the Pac-10 more than anywhere else. Really I just want to go to a big program where I can make an impact on the field and it doesn't have to be early in my career.

"I'm planning to Arizona State's camp in June. I know they are close to offering me and they just want to see my athletic ability on the field in their camp. I'm planning to go to the USC, UCLA, Northwestern, Wisconsin, Stanford and Washington camps too. I know that if I perform well in those camps I'll probably get more offers."

The wide receiver added that he is leaning towards making his decision before his senior season so he can focus on his last year of high school football.

In 2009 Mullaney collected 80 receptions and a 1,000 yards for the 5-6 Lancers and scored nine touchdowns. As a defensive back he posted 33 tackles, seven interceptions and four pass deflections.

"Getting off the ball and creating separation are my strengths," he said of his skills, "and I also use my height to go up and get the ball. I still need to work on getting stronger and faster."

Following his junior season Mullaney was voted first team all-county, first team all-CIF, and all-state junior team, as well as team MVP.

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