Columbus (OH) St. Francis DeSales defensive tackle Derrius Mullins remembers the play vividly, a play last season that he thinks put him on the radar of college coaches.
After one of his teammates forced a fumble, the 6-5, 310-pound Mullins scooped it up in traffic and used his head of steam to outrun everybody 49 yards into the end zone.
“I just picked it up and ran,” said Mullins. “I think it showed my athleticism that I can do a lot of things with my big frame.”
Mullins started off his 2016 camp season on the right foot, being voted the top defensive lineman at Best of the Midwest combine in Indianapolis Feb.15. According to Scout.com analysts, he might have been the top overall performer with the way he dominated in the one-on-one and individual drills.
“The offer that stands out is Wisconsin, I think that’s the best offer, but my favorite school as of right now is Indiana,” said Mullins. “I really like the coaches at Indiana. They really don’t sugarcoat nothing, and I met some of the players when I went to a basketball game a couple weeks ago.”
Wisconsin has visited Mullins – rated an early three-star prospect by Scout.com - a handful of times at his school, hoping to set up an unofficial visit with him prior to the fall.
“I like them because they are known for their linemen,” said Mullins. “They are pretty good. They usually do pretty good every year. That stands out.”
Planning to visit Pittsburgh Feb.28, Mullins also wants to take another trip to West Virginia and possibly trips to Kentucky and Michigan State over the next several months.