Devils Impress LB with Academics on Visit

In many senses, Robert Mullins isn't your typical recruit. Despite missing all of his senior season with an injury, the linebacker is considered one of the more sought after prospects in the Pac-10. Furthermore, His choice of school will rely just as heavily on the academic side, and according to Mullins the Sun Devils did an outstanding job in that respect when they hosted him this past weekend.

"It was real interesting. They have a great campus, and even though the weather was cold, everyone knows that ASU is one the hottest schools in the west," said the 6-2 205 Robert Mullins of his visit. "The coaching staff explained their strategies and everything there went well. A lot of things were impressive on the visit, but the part where we had dinner with the academic staff was a lot of fun. I got to learn a lot about the Architecture department and I got a lot of insight on that department." The linebacker mentioned that he was hosted by Rodney Glass.

Mullins was offered by the old coaching staff in the summer, and these days is being recruited by Coach Yarber. "I like that they're an up and coming team," the linebacker remarked. "Coach Erickson has a good resume and is a winning coach, and I'm definitely interested in them."

As a junior at Dorsey high school, a known powerhouse high school program in Los Angeles, Mullins teamed with Ohio State-bound Mark Johnson to give Dorsey the best linebacking corp in Southern California. During his junior season he set the all-time Dorsey record with 165 tackles, tallied five sacks, and recorded a pair of interceptions (one returned for a touchdown). Mullins injured his left hip during his junior season, but continued to play. He had surgery to fix his torn cartilage as mentioned did not play his entire senior year.

"I've been taught be great coaches so I really know the game and all the linebacker positions," he said of his skills, "but since I got injured I need to work on my speed. I'm not slow, but I'm also not as fast as I used to be. I'm about 90% healed, so I'll be ready to play in college this year."

Mullins already tripped to Cal on 12/15, and he will venture to Oregon this coming weekend. A trip to Arizona may happen, but he hasn't been in contact with their coaching staff for a while. "It's a blessing that my injury didn't hurt my recruiting," he noted. "I really don't have a favorite because I haven't visited all the campuses and see what each school has to offer. I'm highly considering Arizona State, but I don't think I'll make a decision before I visit all the schools." He also commented that he won't limit his recruitment to the three schools he has or will visit, and will "leave the door open to any school that will stat recruiting me."

When asked what he will be looking as the deciding factors in his recruitment, he replied: "I want to go to a school where I'll feel comfortable living for four years. It has to have good academics too - I'm not just going there to play football. Weather won't play a pivotal factor, but it will play a role. I'm from California and I'm comfortable with California weather. I obviously want to go to a place that I have a chance to play right away."

Mullins is in great shape academically with a 3.4 core GPA a 1370 (new version) SAT score, and a 17 ACT score.

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