Colerain High School
HT: 5'10 WT: 250
This past weekend Brian Kelly and the University of Cincinnati football program picked up another local verbal commitment for the Class of 2008. Colerain High School defensive tackle Brandon Mills took an official visit with the Bearcats and during his stay earned a scholarship offer from his hometown team. While those who've never seen him play may question what Brandon Mills will bring to the Cats, they only need to look at another former Colerain Cardinal to see what they may get.
Colerain Head Coach Tom Bolden knows the story of current Bearcats All-American defensive tackle Terrill Byrd. Despite not having tons of college coaches knocking down his door, Byrd and those around him knew he'd have an impact during his college career. And Bolden expects the same success for Mills.
"Brandon and Terrill are a lot alike. Both stand about 5-foot-10 and play with great leverage and a high motor. There are a few things different about the two at this stage but the upside for Brandon is the same as it was for Terrill."
For Mills he'll enter college several pounds lighter than Byrd did as a freshman, but he'll be able to put on the weight needed to reach that of Terrill in a short period of time.
"The neat thing about Brandon is he just turned seventeen. He's not as strong as Terrill was at this stage, but he's not far off," Bolden continued. "Brandon benches between 385-400 pounds and has a very strong squat as where Terrill was just freakishly strong. Terrill played his best football when he dropped some weight at UC and got down between 270-275 pounds and that is where Brandon will play his best."
Mills, much like Byrd is known for his high motor and that paid off in the stat sheet.
"Brandon will be an impact player for UC. This past season he had 27 tackles for loss to go with 14 sacks against some very good competition. While those who do recruiting look at his height and mark him off, you just can't take away what he's capable of doing on the field. He's really a special player who really likes UC and wants to be a Bearcat."
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While Coach Bolden has seen Mills develop during his high school career, Mills also left impressions with those who saw him play his senior season. Having watched him play in four games this season allowed me to get a great feel for the type of player he'll be. Like his high school coach, I also feel Mills has the ability to be the person to step right in and take over for Byrd after next season. Cat quick with a great lean and leverage, Mills will leave his mark on the Bearcats over the course of the four to five years. For his performance Mills received a ranking as the #70 player in the state of Ohio from Scout.com
Bearcat Insider will have more on Brandon in a one-on-one interview with the newest Bearcats commitment.