Mulrooney Excited for Future with Terps

2011 Terps commit Evan Mulrooney caught up with TSR's Pete Volk.

A little over a month ago, the Maryland Terrapins' football team picked up a big addition to their 2011 recruiting class, when Salesianum (DE) center Evan Mulrooney committed to College Park during the annual Red/White Spring Game.

Mulrooney will fill an important position in the Maryland 2011 recruiting class at center, and along with Ryan Doyle and Larry Mazyck he is one of three offensive linemen already signed to the Terps for 2011. The lineman is still confident with his decision.

“Absolutely, I wouldn't see it any other way,” he said. “Everything's going pretty well. I'm staying up to date with coach [John] Donovan and coach [Tom] Bratton.”

Mulrooney cited the environment of the campus and the opportunity for playing time as his main reasons for committing to the Terrapins.

“I was down there for the spring game and the atmosphere was crazy,” he said. “[Assistant recruiting coordinator] Ryan Steinberg showed me the recruiting depth chart and he showed me that I was the only guy at center there, and it only took me a couple of seconds to pull the trigger then.”

After committing to the Terrapins, Mulrooney had one moment of doubt – when an opposing coach suggested that coaches from the Terps were making false promises when they showed him the recruiting depth chart. However, coach Donovan was easily able to dissuade Mulrooney's fears, and the lineman feels as confident as ever.

“[The opposing coach] said he'd seen that happen to so many people,” Mulrooney said. “And that they had to transfer in the long run. That made me think a little bit, so I called up coach Donovan, and he said 'Don't worry about that, man, you can trust us. We wouldn't do you wrong like that, we wouldn't lie to your face, that's not what we're about.' He really re-assured me.”

Even after seeing the recruiting depth chart, Mulrooney is not assuming he will receive starting spot on the Maryland offensive line in 2011. Instead, he is just hoping to learn as much as he can as soon as he gets on campus and work his way up.

“I don't expect to come in there and start or anything,” he said. “I'm just ready to go in and work on the techniques I need to become a solid center at the collegiate level. I have high expectations for myself, and once I get the chance to start, I want to be the best center in the ACC, I want to be the best that I can be.”

When speaking of his goals as a Terrapin, Mulrooney puts the team's success above all else. The junior also acknowledged that with team success comes personal accolades like all-conference honors, a secondary goal for himm.

“First and foremost, I want the team to do well,” he said. “I'm not concerned as much with myself as I am the team. The first thing that comes to mind is to win the ACC championship, that's what I want, and hopefully everyone else has that same aspiration. I'd love to get an All-ACC accolade, that would be awesome, I'm going to set out to do that as well, but that's not my main concern, my main concern is what I have to do to contribute to the team winning the ACC championship.”

Mulrooney describes himself as a fiery player who Terps fans can know as someone who always give his all.

“I'm gonna be rocking the face paint down there,” he said. “That's what I want to be remembered as, the guy that was there breaking everything down for everybody, just being what you want from an offensive lineman, and a center in particular. I can promise any Maryland fan that I'll give them what they what, and all the effort that I can possibly give, and I'm looking forward to that because it's one of the best fan bases in the nation, there's no doubt about that.”

One of the positives about committing early is the tremendous amount of pressure it takes off of the recruit. Now Mulrooney can go through the summer before his senior year and his final season in high school without worrying about impressing scouts or getting scholarships.

“I feel so great,” he said. “I feel like a different person. I don't have to go to a ton of camps and impress people, I don't have to go to these ridiculous combines and spend buttloads of money to get more exposure. There's a lot of people that would just pull me out of class and say 'What's up? I want to get you to camp', or just 'Hi, we're here. We're not going to offer you, but if you want to spend some money you can come down.' It's real nice, because I won't be pulled out of class, the last couple months of school had been all football recruiting, and now I can focus on my studies.”

Mulrooney is planning on majoring in psychology and getting a Masters in sports psychology.

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