December 29, 2009

2011 Delaware OL talks recruiting

Most years the state of Delaware produces a handful of prospects that get at least some looks from Division I schools. From the Class of 2011, Evan Mulrooney appears to be one of the state's top performers.

Mulrooney, a 6-foot-4, 275-pound offensive tackle from the Salesianum School in Wilmington, has yet to pick up his first offer, but plenty of schools are showing interest.

He helped his squad to an excellent year in 2009, as they won the state championship.

"We actually beat our rival in the state championship," Mulrooney said. "We had beat them 28-9 in the last game of the season, and since it's a big rivalry game we know they'd come back real hard. This last time it was a lot closer -- 27-20. We edged them out, though."

Over the course of the season Mulrooney lined up at offensive and defensive tackle. He said he will likely play on the offensive side of the ball once he reaches the college ranks, though he isn't sure whether he will be best suited to play tackle, guard or center.

He does know that the next few months will be pivotal as far as his future and football are concerned.

"This is the season where you get all these invites, and I've gotten some of those," he said. "I got invited to West Virginia's camp and I got invited to Rutgers' junior day not too long ago. I've been in touch with a lot of schools, like UConn, Maryland, Virginia, Vanderbilt and Temple.

"Temple used to talk to me a lot, but I guess since this is their first bowl game in a really long time they're not talking to recruits as much. I've been in touch with some other schools. Boston College comes in and out of the picture and they've sent a lot of stuff to me."

Have any schools come close to offering?

"Most of the schools want me to get out to junior days and one-day camps," Mulrooney explained. "They want to take a look at me. I don't know if they're hinting at offering, but I'm just going to go do my thing.

"My top three, top five or whatever you want to call it changes every other day, honestly. It's just a weird process. Usually one that's consistently up there is UConn. That's the only school I've visited. I've met all the coaches and they're real cool guys.

"Maryland is sometimes up there, and so are Rutgers, Virginia and BC. I don't really have a solid top three."

Mulrooney attended a four-day camp at UConn last summer. He said he was impressed with the Huskies' athletic facilities. He said he plans on visiting Rutgers in mid-January.

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