Junior to Watch: Corey Mills
School: Memphis (Tenn.) Christian Brothers
Position: Defensive tackle
Size and speed: Mills is 6-foot-5 and 260 pounds and has been timed at 4.8 seconds in the 40-yard dash by his high school coach. Mills has a 31-inch vertical leap, 360-pound bench-press and a 505-pound squat.
Honors: Mills was a finalist for Mr. Football in the state of Tennessee as a junior and earned defensive player of the year honors in his region, along with first-team all-state recognition.
Statistics: Mills had 21 solo tackles, 50 assists, 13.5 tackles for a loss, eight sacks and three fumble recoveries.
Favorite Schools: Mills has an early offer from Memphis. He has no leader between LSU, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Memphis, Alabama and Colorado.
Skinny: When it comes to the top players in the Southeast, the city of Memphis will have plenty to brag about in the Class of 2004. That’s because 6-foot-5 and 260-pound defensive tackle Corey Mills is around.
Mills, who plays defensive end for his team but with his size and frame will project as a player on the interior, already has a scholarship offer on the table from Memphis. But it won’t be his last – especially when the college coaches get a hold of some of the footage that he sent Rivals100.com.
Simply put, Mills can move for a big man and is almost impossible to block with his brute strength.
Asked how to describe his play, Mills only used one word.
“Intense,” he said.
Mills, who plans on camping at Ole Miss and maybe Florida this summer, said he has an idea of a few things that he’s looking for in the perfect school.
“I think the people is the first thing that’s important to me,” he said. “I want to know how the people support their players, coaches and the team. The facilities and track team will also be important.”
Mills is a solid track athlete and will be recruited to play both sports in college. His specialty is the shotput.