Pat Narduzzi and his assistants did a great job last year both of recruiting defensive tackles and pulling kids from the state of Ohio.
One of the 2017 recruits attending Pitt Junior Day this weekend is a defensive tackle and is also from the Buckeye State.
Derrius Mullins (6-4, 326) is a big defensive tackle from Columbus, Ohio. OL coach John Peterson, Pitt’s main Ohio recruiter, offered Mullins in early January.
“It’s an honor when someone wants me to play college football for them”, said Mullins.
Right now, the 3-star recruit holds offers from Boston College, Cincinnati, Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
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Mullins is looking forward to the 3-hour trip from Columbus to Pittsburgh. He tells me that it won’t be his first time visiting the city of Pittsburgh.
“I don’t really have a problem making this trip down to Pitt on Sunday. I love making road trips”, said Mullins. “I really want to take a tour of the campus. Plus, I want to see the stadium and the football facilities.”
Mullins is ranked the 29th ranked defensive tackle in the country by Rivals.com and the 8th defensive tackle that Pitt has offered in 2017: Fred Hansard (4-star), Darnell Ewell (4-star), Eric Crosby (4-star), Donovan Jeter (4-star), Xach Gill (4-star), Kurt Hinish (3-star) and Jaylen Twyman (3-star).
I asked Mullins to tell me something that he really likes about the Pitt football program.
“I really like that they’re known for defense and defensive lineman.”
Following his visit to Pitt, Mullins tells me that he’ll visit West Virginia, Kentucky, Michigan State and Ohio State.
Despite it being early in the process, Mullins Top 5 (no order)- Wisconsin, Indiana, West Virginia, Pitt and Boston College. But he says that he sees himself as a player that could make his college decision early.