Three-star linebacker Robert Mullins (6-2, 205) took his first official visit to California on Dec. 15 and has three others scheduled in January.
"My Cal trip was excellent," Mullins (ranked No. 18 by Scout.com as a middle linebacker) said. "I loved seeing them practice and checking out the whole campus. The practice was really fast-paced and they worked hard. The coaches didn't yell or anything and the players did what they were told. They are a very well-disciplined team.
"I was also impressed by their academics," Mullins said. "It's one of the best in the country. I met with some academic advisors and like what they have to offer. I think I want to major in architecture."
Cal leads slightly over Oregon, Arizona State and Arizona, although the youngster from Dorsey High School in Los Angeles stresses they are all very close. "It's hard to tell who is my favorite right now because I've only taken a visit to Cal," Mullins said. "I should know more once I take a few more visits. Academics will play a big part. I'll also be looking for team chemistry and environment. I want to play for a team with good team spirit and enthusiasm."
On Jan. 5 Mullins is visiting Arizona State. Then he heads north to Oregon on Jan. 12. "Oregon is recruiting me the hardest and have been for a while," Mullins said. "I like talking with (linebacker) coach Don Pellum. We talk about everything and I have a great relationship with him."
His final visit will be to Arizona on January 19. "They have a lot to offer," Mullins said. "I could play early there and I think they will be a top team in the next few years. My former teammate Jovon Hayes (freshman offensive lineman) signed with them this year and he has a lot of good things to say about them. He thinks it's a perfect fit for me and that I'd really like it there."
He reports a 3.4 core GPA and a 1370 SAT (new version).