New Teams Courting Mullins After Shrine Bowl

Aleric Mullins talks about his experience in the North Carolina, South Carolina Shrine Bowl and more.

Wendell, N.C.--Aleric Mullins recently got the chance to play in the annual Shrine Bowl high school all-star game that is held matching the best senior football players in the states of North Carolina and South Carolina, and the 6-2, 295-pound athlete says he had a great trip.

"It was a good experience getting to be around some of the guys that you have read about in the paper or on the internet or something like that," he says about the other prospects in the contest. "Getting to play against a good team in South Carolina. Getting to go to the hospital and meet the children. It was a good experience all the way around."

He adds that having the chance to learn more about the Shriners' organization was the best part of the experience. "What stood out to me the most would have to be the hospital," he explains. "To get a chance to see what they do and what the children do on a daily basis and meet with some of the doctors."

Mullins says he believes he was able to a do a good job on the defensive front for his North Carolina team, which won the 69th annual meeting between the two teams 28-24.

"I think I played very well all around," he notes. "I didn't make that many tackles, but I disrupted the line and my teammates were good to so they also made plays as well."

He also notes that going up against a talented North Carolina teammate, who is committed to the Florida Gators, each day in practice is part of what he believes got him ready to perform so well in the game.

"I would say the toughest matchup was actually going to practice and actually going up against big Carl Johnson all the time," he says. "Going up against him and how good he has been and how good he is going to be, that is an experience, as well as going up against some of the other guys you might see in college."

Aleric Mullins works hard at a Shrine Bowl practice session.

On the recruiting front, the athletic lineman has already taken official visits to both Oklahoma and Auburn, and he says that he will be spending the remainder of January taking his three other official visits.

"The rest of this month is going to be kind of tough because I have got Tennessee set up for the 13th and Florida after that," he says. "Then, that last visit, the last weekend in January, I think it is going to be a very hard decision on who gets that last visit. You have got so many more schools coming along after the Shrine Bowl so that last visit is the hardest visit.

"Florida State came along after the Shrine Bowl along with South Carolina and LSU," Mullins adds about the colleges that have come calling after his performance in the all-star game. "None of them have offered, but they want me to come down for that last visit or whatever. Actually, I think LSU has offered."

Mullins says that even with less than a month to go in the recruiting process he does not have any favorites. "Right now no one stands out because all of the schools I have been to, they all have the same things," he notes. "They are good universities, good players and good people all around so none of them have stood out more than the others have."

He adds, however, that he does realize that the clock is ticking on his decision making process. "I know it is going to have to be sometime soon because I am running out of time," he says with a laugh about when he would like to make his final decision. "It might come down to signing day. It might come all the way down to signing day."

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