UCLA Looking at Local Linebacker

There were five D-1 players on defense for Los Angeles Dorsey last season, but linebacker Robert Mullins, the 6-2, 205-pounder, led the team in tackles. His recruitment has been slowed a bit by injury but he gets us up to date on his favorites, his offers and what he's looking for in a school...

Sidelined all spring with a hip injury, Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey linebacker Robert Mullins (6-2, 205) is less than 10 days away from being off the crutches following a procedure he had to undergo for the injury.

Fortunately for Mullins, his stellar play last fall didn't allow the injury to cripple his recruitment.

"I am currently at six offers," said Mullins. "I have offers from Ole Miss, Arizona, Cal, Oregon, Washington State and Michigan."

With the six offers under his belt, Mullins still is trying to earn offers from the five schools that top his list.

"My top five is Notre Dame, UCLA, Texas, Florida State and USC," said Mullins. "I'm going to take all five visits. I am not going to announce anytime soon."

That should give Mullins ample time to fully recover and show what he plans to do for an encore following an impressive junior year. Mullins said, "I begin my rehab at the end of next week. Hopefully I'll get better from there. It's been tough sitting out. Just to see my teammates out there, I really want to participate. This is my senior year and I've got the urge to get out there, but I need to be smart and be ready for this fall."

Several schools have come by Dorsey this spring, no surprise considering that Dorsey is one of the perennial college-feeders in Los Angeles. "Stanford, Ole Miss, Oregon, Washington State, Florida State, Texas, UCLA, Ohio State, USC, a number of schools have come by. The best of the best," said Mullins.

UCLA Defensive Coordinator DeWayne Walker and Head Coach Karl Dorrell have been doing the recruiting of Mullins, and Mullins approves. "I like UCLA quite a bit," he said. "It is close by and that would be good to be close. To me, it's where I fit in the best. The only thing I'm concerned with if I leave is the weather. The weather in California is the best."

Mullins also excels in the classroom, holding a 3.4 GPA and already achieving a 1290 on the SAT when he was a sophomore. He took the test again in early May and is awaiting his results. "Academics are very important to my family and I want to go to a school that I can get receive a good education," said Mullins.

Four of his teammates on defense from last fall signed with colleges in February: safety/running back Stafon Johnson with USC, defensive tackle Jovan Hayes with Arizona, defensive end Keith Browner with California and fellow linebacker Mark Johnson with Ohio State. With each set to be playing college ball this fall, Mullins will spearhead the Dons defense, which is still smarting from a semifinal loss in the City Section playoffs to Crenshaw.

Even with all of that D-1 talent on defense, it was Mullins who led the team in tackles, collecting 165 of them along with five sacks and a pair of interceptions, one which he returned for a touchdown. He played outside linebacker for Dorsey in 2005 but will move inside for his senior year, now that Johnson has moved from the inside spot to Columbus.

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