July 31, 2008

Mullarkey Set For Trip to Seattle

Desert Vista High School's Danny Mullarkey has been playing in the shadows of another Thunder defensive end, five star Devon Kennard the past two seasons. However, after very impressive showings at the Los Angeles NIKE Camp and the Rivals.com Five-Star Academy, the 6-foot-3, 215-pound athlete's stock is soaring. Despite playing alongside one of the nations best, Mullarkey had an impressive junior season that saw him rack up 89 tackles and 10.5 sacks, earning him first-team all-region and second-team all-state (5A) in Arizona.

The Huskies offered the talented pass rusher back in April and Mullarkey has picked up two more offers since, from Colorado State and Idaho. As the attention increases, the University of Washington remains at the top of his list and that shouldn't change as he prepares for a trip to Seattle to attend Washington' Senior Day.

"I'm flying up there [Seattle] tomorrow and I can't wait to meet the coaches in person, especially coach [Chris] Tormey. I will be in town Friday and Saturday."

So where does he see U-Dub on his list of top schools?

"Washington is my number one choice right now because it's a great school and playing Pac-10 football has been a dream of mine since a kid. Not many people get a chance to do that."

Mullarkey hopes to make his decision sooner than later, so could an early commit be on the way during his trip?

"There is a possibility if the trip goes well. I would like to make an early decision but I don't want to rush myself. I would guess that it would happen during the season."

Mullarkey excels in the classroom as well as the gridiron where he holds a 3.7 GPA and recently scored a 1910 on his SAT. With a good head on his shoulders he has a clear vision of what he wants from a college.

"I want to feel at home with wherever I go. I will probably be heading out of state and I want to like where I live. Academic are also very important because I want to be prepared for life after football. I want to feel comfortable with the coaching staff and teammates because they are who I will be spending the next four or five years with, so that is very important."

With the summer coming to a close and his High School practices set to begin on Monday, Mullarkey is preparing for big things as a senior. U-Dub sports will keep you up to date on this playmakers progression every step of the way.

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