Evan Mulrooney once thought of himself as a lock to attend the University of Maryland.
The nation's No. 15 offensive center prospect according to Scout.com committed to the Terrapins all the way back in April and he never looked back. Then came the news that Ralph Friedgen would not be coaching at Maryland in 2011 or beyond. That changed things, as coaching shakeups so often do.
While Mulrooney is still committed to Maryland he will be taking an official visit to NC State to check out another possibility, just in case things down work out with the Terps.
"I'll be taking an official to NC State for the weekend of Martin Luther King Jr. Day (January 14) or the weekend after," Mulrooney told Pack Pride.
"At the moment I'm committed to Maryland but I've kind of opened up my recruiting. I didn't have too many contacts but I wanted to get up with NC State to set up an official. I wanted to visit them and get acquainted with them in case the Maryland thing doesn't work out with the head coach. My recruiter has already left. When that happened I knew that I should start thinking about another school just in case. If that guy was going to go then I'm sure a lot of other guys will follow.
"At this point I'm still unsure of what's going to happen with the coaching staff and which coaches are staying."
Some sources are reporting that UConn head coach Randy Edsall will be named the new head coach at Maryland. Mulrooney offered his thoughts on that.
"If that's the case then that would be awesome," he said. "I've met him. He played college ball at Syracuse with one of my best friend's father. I went up there for a camp before my junior season, and I love coach Edsall. He's the man. If he brought his offensive line coach in that would be really cool because I've worked with him a little bit.
"As much as I'd love to see the offensive line coach at Maryland stay, if coach Edsall brought his I'd be fine with that."
Mulrooney said NC State is the only school other than Maryland that he plans on visiting between now and Signing Day.
The 6-4, 270-pound lineman from Wilmington (DE) Salesianum has high praise for the Wolfpack, even though he didn't originally choose NC State.
"I could have felt comfortable choosing NC State. They just came a little bit later with the offer. I hadn't met some of their staff. I didn't really know my recruiter from NC State. Now I know coach Reed. He's a really great guy and I think the world of him. They've got real nice facilities and a beautiful stadium. Plus, it's not so bad that it's in North Carolina and the beautiful city of Raleigh. It seems like a real nice place and I could definitely see myself going there."
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