Delaware OL waiting for first offer

With the 2010 class now a thing of the past, Rutgers has it sites set on the class of 2011. One of the players the Scarlet Knights are showing a great deal of interest is an offensive lineman from Delaware. He is being recruited by a number of BCS schools, including Rutgers and Connecticut.

One of the areas Rutgers targeted hard in recruiting the last few years is Delaware, and one of the class of 2011 players it is watching closely – perhaps closer than any other program – is Salesianum High (Wilmington, DE) offensive tackle Evan Mulrooney.

The 6-foot-4, 282-pound Mulrooney is being recruited by a number of schools, and looking for his first offer. And while no school told him an offer is imminent, Mulrooney does have a thought about where the first one could come from.

"I've been getting a lot of interest from Rutgers,'' Mulrooney said. "If I had to make a guess, I would say they would be the first ones to offer me.''

Connecticut, West Virginia, Maryland, Boston College, Virginia, North Carolina State, Nebraska, Penn State and Temple are also recruiting Mulrooney.

"I always grew up a really big fan of Penn State,'' Mulrooney said. "They're recruiting me, and that's really cool, but I don't necessarily think I'll make the cut for there.''

Rutgers coach Greg Schiano recently visited Salesianum, and this weekend Mulrooney was on the Rutgers campus to participate in the BadgerSport Elite Lineman Challenge.

He didn't get the opportunity to stop by the Hale Center and visit with the Rutgers coaching staff, but he is familiar with the Scarlet Knights coaches.

However, he will have to build a new relationship with his recruiting coach after Joe Susan left last month to become Bucknell's head coach.

"Really great coaching staff. I like the staff a lot,'' Mulrooney said. "Now, I'm going to work on a relationship with coach (Kyle) Flood. I'm really looking forward to being recruited by him. He's a really cool coach and I look forward to developing a good relationship with him.''

A position in college also has to be worked out.

Mulrooney plays tackle for the Sallies, but likely will be move to center or guard after high school.

"I'll probably end up playing guard,'' Mulrooney said. "I'll probably end up on the interior of the line, but who knows? You never know. I just have to stay optimistic and keep working hard and stay diligent in my lifting efforts and get better.

"I just keep on trying to work hard and do whatever I can to get better and hopefully get an offer soon.''

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