"I just thought about it and if any other school offered me I don't think I would pick one over UNC," Mularkey said. "I loved it there. I loved the coaching staff. I liked the school itself. You get a degree from UNC and you're set."
Mularkey, a 6-foot-2, 210-pound linebacker from Norcross (Ga.) Greater Atlanta Christian, pledged to UNC assistant Steve Hagen, his primary recruiter, but is still waiting to speak to Butch Davis, who is a vacation, to finalize the commitment.
"[Hagan] wants me to call Coach Davis when he gets back from [vacation]," Mularkey said. "Once he gets back I'll give him a call."
Hagen first watched Mularkey during an evaluation visit to Greater Atlanta Christian. After observing Mularkey in a spring practice, Hagen invited him to UNC's One-Day Camp.
"I talked to him [after he left] and I really liked UNC because it has good sports all-around," Mularkey said. "So I just wanted to check it out personally.
"Basically, I went up there [for the camp] to get more details about the school itself."
After attending the Friday night session of UNC's One-Day Camp, Mularkey camped at NC State on Saturday.
In a conversation with Hagen the following Sunday, Mularkey was verbally offered and the official scholarship letter arrived last Thursday. Shortly thereafter, Mularkey contacted Hagen and committed.
Mularkey had also received a scholarship offer from Central Florida, as well as strong interest thus far from Louisiana Tech, NC State, and South Carolina.
Mularkey is the son of Mike Mularkey, who is the offensive coordinator of the Atlanta Falcons. The elder Mularkey was the head coach of the Buffalo Bills during the 2004 and 2005 seasons.
The UNC coaching staff projects Mularkey as an outside linebacker.
"I can move for being pretty big and I have pretty good speed, good feet, and I can cover well – that's what they said I liked," Mularkey said. "They liked how tough and how physical I am with the receivers."
After moving to Fort Lauderdale prior to his sophomore year, Mularkey started at linebacker for St. Thomas Aquinas. The following spring, he sustained a shoulder injury that kept him on the sideline for his entire junior season.
When his father took the job in Atlanta, Mularkey transferred to Greater Atlanta Christian. He is expected to start at bandit, which is a hybrid safety/linebacker position in GAC's defense.