Mullins Comments On His Trip to Auburn

A highly regarded defensive line prospect took an official visit to check out the Auburn football program.

Wendell, N.C.--High school senior defensive lineman Aleric Mullins says he enjoyed his weekend in Auburn where the East Wake High School star took his second official visit.

"It was a good," the 6-2 1/2, 275-pound tackle says. "I had a chance to see the academic facilities, all of the facilities. I had a chance to go into the stadium, see the locker room and everything. The whole trip went real well--real, real well. Overall, I would rated it around a nine."

Mullins was the only prospect in Auburn for an official visit this weekend to check out the Tigers, who are currently holding at 14 verbal commitments.

Linemen are a priority for the Tigers in filling out the 2006 signee class and Mullins notes the Auburn coaches are very interested in signing him to play their three technique (defensive tackle) where graduating senior Wayne Dickens is the starter.

Mullins says he got a chance to meet Dickens and other players on what was his first trip to the Auburn University campus. "Wayne Dickens and Tristan Davis were my player hosts," Mullins says. "I got a lot of information from all of them. It was real great. They are great guys."

Mullins is interested in majoring in education in college and says he spent a significant amount of time discussing that with Auburn academic officials over the weekend. "I had a chance to meet with the guy who runs the program," he says. "I took tours and I met with everybody."

Mullins runs during a prospect combine last April.

The trip to Auburn was the second official visit for Mullins, who has already been to the University of Oklahoma. He says he arrived in Auburn at 8 p.m. on Friday and spent the rest of the evening "hanging out with the football players." On Saturday, he toured the campus, met with coaches and players.

East Wake High School head coach Jimmy Williams says he believes that Mullins is seriously interested in the Tigers. He adds that whoever signs the lineman will be getting a talented player and a good person, who is one of the most heavily recruited prospects in the state of North Carolina this season.

"He has got skills that you don't teach a young man," Williams says. "He has got speed and explosion that are just God given, and what we try and do with those kids like that is coach them up and try to make them the best technicians possible."

Commenting on his ability as a defensive lineman, Mullins says, "I have played every position. I would say I am versatile. When I am playing tackle, I am quick off the ball. I can find the ball and I can run and change directions quickly. I would say those are my strengths."

Mullins, who has a large number of scholarship offers, is expected to visit the University of Tennessee and possibly the University of Florida and the University of North Carolina on his other official visits, but that is subject to change.

Nebraska, Missouri, Purdue, Michigan State, Arkansas, Georgia, North Carolina State, Maryland, LSU and Southern Cal are some of the others recruiting him. He had originally planned to take an official visit to California to check out Southern Cal this past weekend, but decided that the West Coast is too far away to be his college destination.

Next on the football agenda for the tackle is the North Carolina vs. South Carolina Shrine Bowl all-star game.

Mullins says he is looking forward to the opportunity to test himself against talented players. "It is a real honor to be picked for that," he says. The game is scheduled for Dec. 17th at Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C.

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