Penn State played host to three-star defensive tackle Derrius Mullins Friday. To say the 6-foot-5, 295-pound Columbus, Ohio, native came away impressed would be an understatement.
“I wasn't really sure what to expect, but I was shocked that the whole coaching staff greeted me as soon as I got to Happy Valley,” he said. “The facilities are gorgeous. The staff talked to my family and me about film and football, and some things outside of football.
“We went to eat, where the coaches spoke to my mom about me and that my grades have to improve a little bit,” he added. “The staff also mentioned a possible offer. But overall, the visit was amazing with the coaches showing they really care about me.”
Mullins talked to head coach James Franklin and defensive line coach Sean Spencer the most on the visit. Their message about academics was clear: improve his GPA slightly and he will get an offer.
However, he said the staff has no issues with his game.
"They said they like my size and quickness,” he said. “During the film session, the coaches pointed out a scoop and score. They saw how athletic I was picking up the ball and scoring a touchdown."
If and when the Nittany Lions do offer, what will happen?
“Penn State would move to number one in my list of schools,” Mullins said. “But I wouldn't consider jumping on the offer when offered, because I want to take all my official visits."
Mullins will be back at Penn State for the Lasch Bash in mid-July. At the moment, he plans to take official visits to Penn State. Michigan State, Indiana, Purdue and Pitt.
The Hoosiers, Boilermakers and Panthers have all offered. The Nittany Lions and Spartans have not but are showing plenty of interest.
"My unofficial top four in order: Penn State, Indiana, Pitt and Purdue,” Mullins said. “PSU and IU are neck and neck. while other two are not.’
Mullins said he will make his college decision after he takes all five official visits.