Maybe father does know best after all. When it comes to the recruiting process so far for The Woodlands, Texas, defensive end Kevin Mims, the 6-foot-4 ½, 245-pounder has relied heavily on his father and the early results are definitely positive.
“My dad has helped a lot,” Mims said. “He’s gone through the depth charts of all the schools recruiting me and looking at what guys they have back, what guys they’re bringing in and all the other important factors that I’m looking at.
“He’s then put all of that information in a binder. It’s gone from a normal three-ring binder to a six-inch binder now. He’s pretty thorough with his research. I don’t know how I can say thanks for all the support he’s given me so far.”
So what does all that research indicate for Mims?
“It’s telling me that I have a lot of good options,” Mims said with a chuckle.
One of those options has already offered a scholarship. Mims, who can bench-press 260-pounds coming off a wrist injury and squat 440 pounds, has an offer from Northwestern.
“The more I hear about Northwestern, the more I like,” he said. “They won the Big 10 title in 2000 and they’re a good program. You can’t also beat the academics.”
And academics will be important – especially for Mims, who just scored a 1250 on his ACT. That score has already brought attention from Ivy League schools, including Yale.
But Mims is also exploring options closer to home, too. He said TCU was by his practice on Monday and that A&M coach Dennis Franchione has been the school to evaluate film and see him run 40-yard dashes (his best time is 4.86 seconds).
“Coach Fran was there,” he said. “I think he was mainly looking at Sampson (Taylor) at first, but I think they really ended up looking hard at me too. I would love to go to A&M.”
Mims is also exploring options a little bit further away from home. Wisconsin and Notre Dame have been sending hand-written letters and regular mail. He expects calls from both schools in the May calling period.
“I’m grounded for the month of May,” Mims said. “My family wants me to be here in case the schools call. That’s Ok. It’s a good reason to be at home.”
So what will the perfect school have in Mims’ opinion?
“The two majors that I’m looking at are bio-med and sports medicine,” he said.
“Both of those will be important. I also want a school with good football tradition. I’m also going to look at how good they’ve been lately and look hard at the depth chart.”