August 12, 2008

LA OT expect Rebels to recruit him

Other than a possible forthcoming commitment from Texas offensive lineman Michael Brown, Ole Miss appears set to evaluate numerous offensive linemen in the coming months before filling six to eight positions for the 2009 signing class.

One prospect to keep an eye on is Napoleanville (Assumption HS), La. three star offensive tackle Jordan Mills.

The 6-foot-5, 306 pound Mills currently only has an offer from Southern Miss, but could see his stock rise, particularly after a good camp showing recently at LSU. He also turned in an impressive 5.2 mechanically timed 40-yard dash at the Baton Rouge Nike Camp last April. Mills is a three-star prospect and checks in at No. 24 on's Louisiana Preseason Top 40 list.

It was Mill's second camp appearance in Baton Rouge, the other being a lineman camp, and it's obvious that the Louisiana native is partial to his home state Tigers.

"LSU is currently on top for me," Mills said on Monday evening. "I plan to go to some of their games and visit there some during the fall."

However, the problem for Mills and several other top in-state prospects is that LSU is in a numbers crunch for the 2009 signing class. The Tigers already have 17 verbal commitments and may not have room for many more prospects due to the limit of 85 scholarships.

That will have prospects like Mills looking at other schools when they might have ordinarily ended up in Baton Rouge.

Ole Miss is a among the teams that Mills is eyeing with others including Southern Miss, Nebraska, Auburn, Tennessee, Texas A&M and Mississippi State.

"All of the colleges that I have listed are possible destinations for me," Mills said.

When it comes to Ole Miss, the Rebels haven't shown a lot of interest but Mills expects that to change after Sept.1 when coaches can begin calling prospects.

"I expect them to start recruiting me harder," Mills said. "So far, they have just been sending me some letters - motivational stuff, like telling me to keep working hard in the classroom."

Mills said if the Rebels come after him, he'll certainly give them consideration, include possibly taking an official visit later in the fall.

One other team that has perked his interest is Louisiana Tech, who he says has been coming on strong recently. Mills also attended camps at Southern Miss and Tulane.

Mills has a 2.8 GPA and made a 16 on his first ACT attempt, and plans to retake the test next month.

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