November 12, 2008

Mullarkey holds four offers

Despite a shoulder injury, Phoenix defensive end Danny Mullarkey has managed to help his Desert Vista High School team to the state playoffs and a first round game with Highland this weekend. Mullarkey is a 6-foot-2, 216-pound defensive end who currently holds four scholarship offers.

Before he thinks about college football, Mullarkey is concentrating on the state playoffs in Arizona. He suffered a sprained shoulder this season, sidelining him for eight quarters, but has come back strong, accounting for double-digit sacks.

"I feel like I am playing some really good football," Mullarkey said. "I caught four TDs on offense and 11 or 12 sacks defensively. Hopefully we can put together a couple wins to get where we did like last year. Last year we lost in state title game."

Mullarkey said the shoulder is nagging him a bit, but he is not missing practice and will not require surgery after the season. That is a good thing as he has scheduled or will schedule at least two visits with a December trip to Fort Collins set. He was also planning on a trip to Seattle to the University of Washington, which may be up in the air after Husky Coach Tyrone Willingham was dismissed in October.

"Right now we are just seeing how that works out," Mullarkey said. "I would still like to get up there and take an official up there to see what it looks like."

"Danny is a great kid, who leads by example on the field," said Desert Vista Coach Dan Hinds. "He doesn't  talk much, but when he does, he is well received.  Great player, works hard."

In addition to Colorado State and Washington, Mullarkey has scholarship offers from the Air Force Academy and Idaho. Arizona State has been calling him as late to talk to him about playing tight end.

"I really feel like defense is where I fit in most naturally, but as long as I feel like I am contributing I can play where ever they need me to," Mullarkey said after being asked on which side of the ball he would like to play.

Currently, Mullarkey is talking weekly with Colorado State quarterbacks coach Daren Wilkinson. Mullarkey said he likes the fact CSU sounds like an up-and-coming school.
I feel like by the time I get there, they would win a lot of games," Mullarkey said. "I am a competitor and I like to win. If I see a school winning, that intrigues me.

He added he is excited to get to Fort Collins to see the chemistry between the coaches and players, saying, "chemistry is big in my book."

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