Heels Moving Up Mullins' List

From a recruiting standpoint, North Carolina's final senior-only camp was the most beneficial in the Bunting era. Ultimately, the camp could claim responsibility for up to six verbal commitments.

Additionally, the camp had a positive impact on four-star defensive tackle Aleric Mullins, a 6-foot-2, 295-pounder from Wendell (N.C.) East Wake.

"It went real well," said Mullins. "A lot of good talent was there. Coach Browning is a real good coach. I got a lot out of the camp from working with him."

The incident that really stood out in Mullins's mind occurred after the camp concluded. The Tar Heels' coaching staff playfully lined Mullins up alongside Matt Wright and Aaron Maybin. The staffed then joked about how the three recruits in their three-point stance was the look of the Tar Heels' future defensive line.

"That was good," said Mullins. "I like how they lined us up – I really enjoyed doing that. They are in the rebuilding mode as everybody knows and they need players. Me and Maybin had the chance over that weekend to talk about it and how the future of UNC would look with me and him being there. That kind of got me thinking right there – me and him both."

It got him thinking so much that, although Mullins denies any favorites, it looks like the Tar Heels are currently in very good shape.

"The Tar Heels are going to be good," said Mullins. "They are in the rebuilding mode and what I seen with them getting 17 commits already it would be nice to be part of that. They have a real good coaching staff. Coach Browing, I got a lot of chances to work with him when I go down there. They got a good campus and I like Coach [John] Bunting. It's a real good place."

Apparently, an outside force is also assisting UNC's staff with their recruiting efforts.

"I've talked to Deunta Williams a couple of times," said Mullins. "He really likes UNC. We talked about UNC a lot. I talked to him about every other week actually."

In addition to the Tar Heels, Mullins owns scholarship offers from Oklahoma, Arkansas, East Carolina, Georgia, Michigan State, Missouri, Nebraska, N.C. State, and Virginia Tech. He plans to narrow his list down to five schools in the next couple of months and then take his five official visits before making his final decision.

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