Mullins: 'I Rooted For Carolina'

Over the course of the last two weeks, Alerick Mullins has enjoyed his fill of Tar Heel football. After unofficially visiting Chapel Hill for the North Carolina home opener, the four-star recruit soaked in UNC's first win of the season against archrival N.C. State.

Mullins, a 6-foot-3, 295-pound defensive tackle from Wendell (N.C.) East Wake, has unofficially visited North Carolina in the past, but had never attended a game. He changed that the weekend he Heels hosted Wisconsin. In addition, Mullins saw more of the facilities, spent a great deal of time with head coach John Bunting, learned more about the defense, and witnessed first hand the basketball team's ring presentations.

"It went real well," said Mullins. "They had a big thing for the basketball team giving them their rings. It was real nice."

This past weekend, Mullins received the opportunity to compare two schools he is strongly considering – North Carolina and NC State.

"The fans were loud," said Mullins. "Both schools played real well, but of course Carolina came out on top. Their ground game was real good. Both defenses played really good."

Surprisingly – to even himself, Mullins cheered on the Tar Heels despite being in enemy territory.

"I rooted for Carolina," said Mullins. "I don't know [why] – that's what I couldn't figure out. Why would I being there [at State]? But, hey I was cheering for Carolina. Most of the State fans were looking at me all kind of crazy, because I was cheering for Carolina."

Although very interested in both programs, Mullins is still not ready to name favorites as he continues to concentrate on his senior football season.

"It's up in the air right now," said Mullins. "I'm still focusing on finishing up my senior season of football and then have a chance to sit down and review all the schools and go from there."

Mullins does know, however, four of the five schools he plans to officially visit – Nebraska, Tennessee, Oklahoma, and Auburn. He will leave both UNC and NCSU off of his official visit slate due to his strong familiarity with both programs.

"I've had a chance to visit both campuses a lot," said Mullins. "I've been to Carolina more than I have State. I've talked to Coach [Todd] Stroud about it and he already knows that I'm not planning on visiting any of the in-state schools. Carolina does, too, because I've been to Carolina a whole bunch."

Mullins's senior season has gotten off to a great start. East Wake is 5-0, while Mullins has totaled 30 tackles including 13 for a loss and five sacks.

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