Salesianum's recent success has been largely thanks to the work in the trenches by Mulrooney on both sides of the ball. This season, the junior played left tackle on offense and defensive tackle on the other side of the ball. He is projected as a center or a guard at the collegiate level.
“I think I did alright [this year],” he said. “There's definitely always going to be room for improvement. Some of the time when I look at the plays on my highlight tape, I'm thinking 'I could have done that play better, I could have blocked that guy better'. I'm just hoping to keep building and building and building until the wheels fall off and I can't play anymore.”
Mulrooney feels that there isn't one specific area that he needs to work on to be successful at the collegiate level, but rather that he needs to get better as an overall player.
“ There isn't one thing [specifically] that I can work on,” he said. “I need to get better at everything in order to succeed. I can get faster, stronger, quicker, smarter. Really all I have right now is the frame, I don't necessarily have enough muscle, I don't necessarily have enough weight, I have the frame to be built upon and with that I'm just gonna take it as far as I can.”
The lineman visited Maryland on one of the school's Junior Days, and was in attendance for the home basketball game against Duke. Terrapin assistant coach John Donovan offered Mulrooney a scholarship during that day, the first offer he has received so far.
“I can't describe the feeling, I still can't wrap my head around it,” he said. “There's ton of things [I like about Maryland], but basically out of all the schools I've seen at the moment, I feel the most comfortable with the guys at Maryland. I can present myself as myself, I don't have to be a 6'4”, 285 guard out of Wilmington, Delaware, I can be Evan Mulrooney. I can be myself, they're all just a great bunch of guys, I can't say enough about them.
Mulrooney said it's “absolutely” safe to say that Maryland is his top choice at the moment, and that he will make his college decision about a week or two before the first game of his senior season, because he doesn't “want to have all the attention during the season”.
The lineman will be visiting Maryland again this weekend for another Junior Day, and is expecting to stop by for a spring practice.