Wilmington (Dela.) Salesianum School offensive tackle Evan Mulrooney was stunned by the recent losses at Maryland. The 6-foot-4, 282-pounder reacted to the coaching news and more inside.
"Initially, I was blown away with Coach Franklin leaving," he said. "I was looking forward to being coached by him. After Friedgen left, it was the craziest thing; I was with them a week ago on my official visit and everything was fine.
"I was ready to go down there and start my relationship with them on a more personal level. To see it all fall apart in front of my face and not have any warning of it, that caught me off guard. Then it just got rolling down hill with Friedgen leaving and that was wild too."
Mulrooney confirmed he did talk to one assistant, Ryan Steinberg recently.
"I talked to him and he told me about Coach Franklin leaving and he was thinking Coach Friedgen was going to get a contract extension, then it turned 180 degrees and they are buying out his contract and it's probably Mike Leach taking over.
"The thing I'm most concerned about is which coaches are staying and which are leaving. I've been trying to contact them, but it's been pretty chaotic. I'm sure they don't have their heads on straight right now. One of the main factors for me is that I felt good with Coach Donovan and Coach Brattan. They are both great guys and Coach Brattan is a Delaware guy and a straight shooter. I'm not sure what to expect."
So, what's his reaction to Leach?
"He's a great offensive mind that led the nation in total offense a couple years ago," he said. "It'd be neat to be under and offensive mastermind, but I keep hearing a bunch of rumors, so I don't know what to believe at this point.
"It's tough to build on a relationship as good as I've had with the other coaches that we've been building for a year and a half now."
Mulrooney maintains he is committed to the Terps at this moment.
"At the moment, I've really got to talk to all the coaches and figure it out," he said. "I'm still boys with the commits and I think it'll work out, but I can't make any promises at this point.
"I've been committed to Maryland since the spring game. I connected on a level to them that no other school really matched. I wasn't the biggest name recruit out there, but it was just the respect they showed and how they talked to me. They were down-to-earth and they don't beat around the bush, they get right to the point and are family guys. I'm not sure I'll feel the same way about different people, but my winter break starts and I've got two weeks to think about it."
This past season Mulrooney helped Salesianum School to a 9-3 record while earning first team all-state honors.
"I had a totally different workout regiment than the year before," he said. "I felt good and quick."
Mulrooney plans to participate in the Chesapeake Bowl in the next couple weeks.
"I'm really looking forward to seeing the other big name guys out of D.C., Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia," he said. "It'll be my first time playing center since back in grade school and that's where I'm expected to play in college. It'll be fun and there are going to be a couple Maryland commits on the team."