RECRUITING: Carolina DT impressed with Oklahoma

Wendell, N.C. defensive tackle Aleric Mullins profile.


Aleric Mullins is electric in the trenches and once he gets going there are very few offensive linemen who can block him by themselves. In fact, double-teams don't do much good either, but at least two guys have a fighting chance.

Mullins started his freshman and sophomore seasons in Caruthersville, Missouri where he played DE, DT, OLB and slot receiver at 260 pounds. Mullins then moved to Wendell, N.C. and broke into the starting line-up last season at East Wake at DT/OT and finished with 70 tackles, nine sacks and one fumble recovery.

"Everybody is recruiting me to play defensive tackle or defensive end, but I have played several positions in high school," said Mullins. "I like playing defensive tackle because it is like playing without a seatbelt. We just go because we line up in the gap and attack all the time. I want to play in a defense that is always attacking up-field in college because I think that style of defense fits my style of play."

Mullins, who benches 330 pounds and squats 490, also starts in hoops averaging 12 points and 14 rebounds per game. He attended the Scout Combine in Champaign, Ill. and went to two different camps at UNC.

Mullins, who has been offered by at least 13 schools, is still trying to narrow down his decision.

"I am still thinking about all the schools who have offered me," said Mullins. "I am looking at OU, Iowa, Michigan State. Georgia and Tennessee are schools that I really like, but I am looking at several others."

What are his thoughts on the Sooners?

"Oklahoma is a great team and it was great to meet the defensive line coach (Jackie Shipp) when he came to my school in the summer," said Mullins. "Coach Shipp is a great guy and I love talking to him. Growing up, Oklahoma was the first school that I watched on television and the first school that I really pulled for. OU will be one of the schools that I seriously consider."

Mullins has not set up any visits while he is going to summer school to make sure his grades are in order.

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