The Indiana coaching staff has done a very good job recruiting the defensive line for the 2017 class, but they are still hoping to land a couple more prospects and one of their top targets is Derrius Mullins. The 6-foot-5, 315-pound standout from Columbus (OH) St. Francis DeSales H.S. told Peegs.com that the Hoosiers are the top school on his list of favorites at this time.
Mullins said that Indiana is standing out for him because of the way the coaches have treated him throughout his recruitment.
“I see how they care about you and your family,” he said about the Hoosiers. “And I like how they treat their players like family.”
When Mullins has talked to some of the current Indiana players about playing for the Hoosiers they have reinforced what he has seen when it comes to the strong bond the coaching staff has with the team.
“They have told me that the coaches really care about you and your family,” he said. “They have also told me that IU is on the come up and that is something I believe too.”
The Hoosiers have told Mullins they see him as a defensive lineman that can line up at a couple different spots for them in their defense.
“They like that I am a player that can play nose guard and defensive tackle,” he said about the message from IU. “They said that is what separates me from other players.”
The three-star recruit currently has offers from Indiana, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Wisconsin, Boston College, Cincinnati, Kentucky, West Virginia, Bowling Green, Kent State, Ohio and Toledo to go along with interest from Penn State and Michigan State. He said there are four schools he is focused on and one that is standing out for him.
“Indiana, Pitt, Purdue and Penn State are my top schools,” Mullins said. “Indiana is standing out for me.”
When it comes to his decision the Ohio native said that how the coaches interact with the players and distance form home will be big factors for him.
“I am looking for a family type atmosphere,” Mullins said. “I will also look at how the coaches treat me and my family. The distance from home will also matter for me.”
Mullins said his plan is to take some official visits before making his decision at some point during his senior season or right after his season.
“I will take a couple visits and if I’m dead set then I’ll decide and if I’m not I won’t,” he said. “I will probably decide sometime between September and November, and if not then it will be right after my season.”
The talented prospect said his family has been a big part of his recruiting process as he has leaned on them for advice all throughout the process.
“They are extremely proud of me,” he said when asked what his family thinks about everything. “Even without a dad I still have a great support system. My Mom is a diehard football fan but sometimes I have to go to my uncle for advice because he go behind the scenes and check things out for me. I need that because my uncle knows football inside and out.”