Huge things were expected out of three-star linebacker Robert Mullins (6-0, 205, 4.5) from Los Angeles (Calif.) Dorsey. It was said about Mullins that he was the best linebacker to ever play at Dorsey.
That was quite a statement when taken into context all the fine linebackers who have played for the Dons, many who have made it all the way to the NFL.
A strange thing happened to Mullins in the off-season.
"I had a hip injury, torn cartilage in my hip," Mullins said. "I had surgery and was on crutches for eight weeks.
"I have been off my crutches for five weeks. I'm about to start my rehab process.
"I haven't been able to run or do any weights with my lower body, but I'm starting to do that now.
"Unfortunately I may miss the first game, but hopefully I'll be back for the second one.
Fortunately for Mullins his injury hasn't slowed down his recruitment much. He currently has nine offers on the table from Arizona, Arizona State, Cal, Oregon, Washington, Washington State, Utah, Ole Miss, and Mississippi State.
The talented Mullins has schools looking at him as a safety as well.
"As of right now, I don't know what teams want me to come in as," Mullins said. "I think it all depends on my weight.
"My thing is, wherever I can play the most and play the fastest and the best, I'll play it. If they move me back to safety, I'll play that, if they keep me in the box as an outside linebacker or even middle, I'm glad to play that too."
Mullins gets high marks from the coaching staff at Dorsey.
"Robert is a great player and will be one of our leaders," Dorsey coach Paul Knox said. "He's aggressive, coachable and an all-around good football player."
Former Dorsey defensive coordinator Ralph Caldwell had even higher praise for his linebacker protégé.
"Robert is the best linebacker I have had in my 13 years at Dorsey high school," Caldwell said. "He's one of those guys who comes around every 15 years or so, like Stafon Johnson.
"I've coached several players who have gone off and played on the NFL and college levels," Caldwell said. "Robert is the best of all of them."
For his junior season, Mullins was an all-city selection after racking up 155 tackles, five sacks, five forced fumbles and two picks, one of his interceptions he brought back to the house.