Three-star Jamare Mills and his Dublin (Ohio) Scioto team lost a close game in the season's final week to narrowly miss the OHSAA playoffs with a 6-4 final record. The 6-5, 245-pound prospect now turns his attention towards where he will continue his career in college.
Entering the fall, Mills held offers from the likes of Duke, Minnesota and Toledo. He has picked up a few more scholarships, but could see his offer list increase with positive test results.
"I'm looking at Minnesota a little bit, then I was offered by Kent State, Western Michigan and a couple other schools," Mills said. "There's been a few other teams out there, but they are all waiting for me to get cleared. I should be cleared within the next two to three weeks. My test results will be back in three or four days and it should be a really high score."
The teams Mills is looking at most closely at this stage of his recruitment are all schools that have yet to extend scholarship offers.
"I like Ohio State, Tennessee, Cincinnati, Michigan State and Oregon. They are all waiting for the Clearinghouse stuff to come back," Mill said. "I like Cincinnati a lot. It's close to home and that is my mom's dream school. I like [the others] because they are powerhouse teams in their conferences. If I don't stay close, I'd like to go far away because I've been in Ohio my whole life."
Mills attended Cincinnati's game against Oklahoma back in September. He has made a couple other unofficial game day visits, and has two more planned this month.
"I went to Michigan State, Ohio State and Cincinnati," he reported. "I actually plan on going to USF next weekend or the weekend after that. Then, on Thanksgiving weekend I am going to Oregon. As long as I am cleared they will be official visits. I am for sure going to the games, though.
Mills has generally been regarded as a tight end prospect, but he also played receiver, defensive end and defensive tackle this fall for Scioto, recording over 40 tackles and five sacks on defense. His future, however, appears to be on the offensive side of the football.
"Right now they are talking tight end, but it depends on how much I weigh. They could bulk me up to a 280-pound offensive lineman, but if I can stay around 250 then I should be a tight end," Mills said. "I want to play tight end, but if there is big league school that wants me to come in and develop me [at offensive line] for awhile, I'd be willing to do that."