Texas' best defensive player turns down collegiate football

Coppell (Texas) High senior Brandon Mullins is turning his back on the dream of almost all Texas youngsters: He's not going to play college football, despite an outstanding offer from a top Division I program.

According to the Dallas Morning News, Mullins has stuck to his original decision that he will play lacrosse -- and only lacrosse -- when he attends Syracuse next fall. That comes despite the linebacker's outstanding senior season that earned him one of the state's most prestigious honors: the Associated Press Class 5A Defensive Player of the Year award.

"As of now, it's strictly lacrosse," Mullins told the Morning News. "I did think about maybe playing both."

He's considered it, but has refused to acquiesce to the pleas of Syracuse coach Doug Marrone and his defensive staff, who would love to add the senior linebacker to their incoming recruiting class.

The decision to skip football for lacrosse is certainly a warranted one for a player who was highly sought out in both sports. In the end, Mullins decided to head to Syracuse to compete in his biggest love, lacrosse, thanks to the school's historic tradition of dominance in the sport. Of course, that didn't mean he couldn't play football, but Mullins has insisted throughout that his first and only priority is winning lacrosse games.

That's a reassuring thought for Syracuse lacrosse coach John Desko, and what can only qualify as a surprising and abrupt end to one of the better defensive high school football careers in the Dallas area, where so many teens dream of the opportunity being turned down by Mullins.

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