Mulrooney Anchoring Salesianum

TSR's Pete Volk talks to 2011 prospect Evan Mulrooney about the recruiting process and how his high school season is going so far.

Getting to the top in football requires a lot of strength in the trenches. Salesianum High (Wilmington, DE) knows this better than most, as 6'4”, 275 pound left tackle/defensive tackle Evan Mulrooney has helped propel them to a number one ranking in the state.

“[The season]'s going pretty good,” he said. “We're 4-0 right now, we just knocked off Middletown. They were ranked ahead of us, so now we're number one in the state of Delaware, so we're looking pretty good so far.”

Mulrooney, a junior, said that as the top team in the state, the Sallies “have an X” on their chest and that “everyone is gunning” for them. However, he said that won't distract them from their ultimate goal.

“We want to win the state championship,” he said. “Another thing is our coach, Coach [William] DiNardo, only needs a few wins to get to 200 [in his career], and we're trying to pull through for him to get him his 200 win and win the state championship.”

Mulrooney sees himself playing strictly on the offensive line in college, and says he is comfortable at any of the five O-Line positions. The junior is very talented physically but is also a student of the game.

“I'm pretty easily coached, I don't make the same mistake twice, and I just try to get better all the time,” he said. “My footwork's pretty good too. Our offense doesn't consist of too much intricate pass blocking, so I'd say [I'm stronger at] run blocking, but I do like pass blocking a lot, when it gets to be one-on-ones like at combines.”

Mulrooney hasn't received any scholarship offers yet, but he says that around eight big Division-1 schools are looking at him, with Rutgers and Connecticut showing the most interest. He has spoken with Maryland, and had a face-to-face encounter only with the offensive line coach a short to while ago.

Yeah, I've talked to Maryland,” he said. “I just met Tom Brattan, the O-Line coach, a couple weeks ago, and he was a real cool guy.”

However, Coach Brattan might get some competition from Dave Sollazzo, Maryland's D-Line coach. Mulrooney has already recorded two sacks this year with “around 20 tackles” at defensive tackle. No matter where he plays on the field, the big guy will be making a big impact in a few years.

edited by Nina Napolitano


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