August 17, 2008
Mullarkey has Huskies on Top
Desert Vista's Danny Mullarkey has flown under the radar this summer while still picking up three Division-I offers along the way. Much of the diverted attention is in large part because he plays the defensive end position opposite the number two player in the nation, Devon Kennard. Mullarkey and Kennard both have offers from Washington and Mullarkey recently visited the Huskies Senior Day and came away very impressed.
"The visit went really well it is a nice campus. I enjoyed my time there and the coaches were great," explained Mullarkey. "Touring the stadium, going on top of the bleachers and looking over the city was cool. My Mom and me toured the City a bit and I liked it a lot. The climate is great and the weather is a nice change from Phoenix."
Mullarkey also got quality time with the coaching staff and feels he understands what it means to be a Husky.
"I got to meet with [Tyrone] Willingham one-on-one and coach [Ed] Donatell, [Charlie] Baggett and [Randy] Hart showed me around the campus. We talked about everything form depth charts, what they want to do with the program and how they see me fitting into their plans. I got a feel for the facilities and what the staff is all about."
Did the visit leave a big enough impression to clear up his recruitment choices any?
"I haven't really thought about who my top schools are and I haven't made a list. Three schools have offered me and they are the schools that I'm looking at the most. But I think after the trip, Washington would have to be my favorite." However, Mullarkey also stressed, "But I'm still open to everyone right now."
Mullarkey doesn't plan on making another trip to Seattle but does expect to see the Huskies live and in person.
"I think I'm going to see the Washington versus U of A game in Tucson. I don't think I will be able to make it to Seattle but I won't miss them when they come here."
Mullarkey isn't in any hurry to commit but says he wants his decision made during his senior season. He's not looking for any other specific offers but at this point is open to all. Currently Washington is the only BCS school to offer Mullarkey, but a successful senior season with a team chalk full of talent could change that. Desert Vista High School began practices last week and Mullarkey is excited to get the pads on and start hitting again.
"We had our first day of full pads today and it went well. It feels good to have the pads on and hit again. I got to do it some this summer at camps, but it's not the same as practicing and hitting with my team."
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