Mullins Coming Home Again

The top ten in North Carolina became just a little more crowded recently when DT Aleric Mullins, originally of Caruthersville, Mo announced that he was transferring back to North Carolina for his senior year.

Mullins' journey began as a sophomore when he was named an all-state LB in Missouri. He transferred to East Wake High School in Wendell, NC for his junior season and emerged as a dominant defensive tackle and a prime recruiting prospect for NC State and numerous other schools. Mullins moved back to Missouri with everyone thinking the rising senior would spend his senior season in the midwest but he made the decision to bring his talents back in east and will once again star on Friday nights for East Wake.

"We had been talking about moving for about a month with the coaches up here," Mullins told Pack Pride. "I thought it would be my best bet to come back for my senior year and finish out strong here. I think the football here is better and there's more competition."

Mullins went up against some fairly stiff competition this past weekend at the adidas Elite Camp. He told Pack Pride that he checked in at 6-1, 289 pounds and ran the 40-yard dash in 5.0-seconds. He also recorded a 24-inch vertical leap.

One of the attributes that jumps out while watching Mullins is his ability to run. There's no stiffness as is seen often with kids approaching 300 pounds. He runs much more like a linebacker than a defensive tackle. In fact, if Mullins were to shave quite a few pounds he could just as easily project as a dominating middle linebacker.

Most impressive about Mullins, however, was the show he put on during one-on-one drills. He has exceptional explosion off the ball and used a variety of moves to beat every opposing offensive lineman he faced. It's apparent that Mullins will be one of North Carolina's most sought-after prospects over the next nine months.

So far, Mullins has picked up scholarship offers from Missouri, Arkansas, NC State, Michigan State and UNC with heavy interest coming from Oklahoma, Iowa, Maryland and Miami.

He told Pack Pride that he's not been able to put together a solid top five list just yet.

"I haven't really had time to make up a top five, but I hope I'll have a decision toward the middle of my senior year."

One school that will likely make the cut is NC State. They've made Mullins a priority since day one and have been hot on his trail throughout the early stages of recruiting in 2005. Based on Mullins' comments, it would appear that attention is paying off.

"Their defense stands out to me," said Mullins. "I love their defense. Their defense loves to play and I want to be a part of a defense where everyone around me loves to play so that's why I love NC State.

"Coach Stroud is recruiting me. He's very down to earth and I like him a lot. I've got a big interest in NC State right now because who they've got and what they bring to the table on the defensive side of the ball."

Mullins said that he will be attending a team camp at East Carolina over the summer and doesn't have any other firm plans beyond that currently.

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