Linebacker Robert Mullins

Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey linebacker Robert Mullins (6-2, 205) never ended up playing a game this fall for the Dons, but thanks to an outstanding junior year, good size and even more important, excellent talent, he still has a future in college football.

So this weekend, Mullins will visit one of the schools that has been loyal to him despite his absence from the field in 2006.

"I'm going up to Berkeley to visit Cal," said Mullins. "And I'm in the process of going to Oregon in early January, but I haven't yet set that up."

Cal and Oregon stand as the only two official visits Mullins has definite plans to take. There is a chance he could visit Arizona State, but the transition from Dirk Koetter to Dennis Erickson has left him out of contact with the Sun Devil staff.

The Bears and the Ducks are leading for Mullins, though.

"They're up there as my top two," said Mullins. "They've been recruiting me the hardest and took the initiative to stay with me with my injury."

Mullins is hoping the next month is more enjoyable than the past four months were. After a big junior year, Mullins had 165 tackles and five sacks and had a pair of interceptions, one which he returned for a touchdown, he was poised to be the anchor of the Dons defense with Mark Johnson off to Ohio State. But a hip injury that never healed right, even after surgery, kept him sidelined throughout the year.

"I sat the whole season," said Mullins. "One player doesn't make a big difference, but I think I may have made a big difference. We still had a pretty good season, a lot of people weren't expecting us to. But I would have loved to have been a part of it."

And his absence for the entire 2006 season has him chomping at the bit to get back on the field in 2007.

"I'm looking to play as early as I can. Though I had an injury, I gained weight in muscle. The only thing is I'm trying to get my speed back. I'm not looking to go into college to redshirt, though if that's what happens, it happens," said Mullins.

This weekend, Mullins will get a chance to see former Dorsey teammate Keith Browner, who is a freshman at Cal.

"I'm very excited to take my trip there," said Mullins. "I should see Keith up there. I haven't seen him in a while but he has, in a way, given a few positives about Cal."

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