Three-Star ATH Phillip Mills Recaps Visits to Boise State and Washington State

Menifee (Calif.) Paloma Valley athlete Phillip Mills took visits to Boise State and Washington State in the recent weeks and raved about both trips.

Phillip Mills is an intriguing player defensive prospect who could project at multiple spots at the next level.

He's a physical safety who loves to hit and plays with a headhunting mentality. Mills is strong in run support and will lay a receiver out going over the middle. 

He has a big frame at 6-3, 200 pounds and is actually being recruited by a few schools as a linebacker. He has the frame to add the necessary weight and combined with his athleticism and toughness, linebacker is actually a great spot for him.

On the recruiting front, Mills visited Boise State over the weekend and was at Washington State on Tuesday.

"Boise State was great," Mills said. "That was my first offer so the school already had a special place for me and I really love the coaching staff. The second I got there, the whole staff was there to greet me and my family and made us all feel so welcomed.

"Most head coaches don't really get that involved in getting to know you but we spent an hour with Coach Harsin and that was really cool. Coach Avalos brought me to all the linebacker meetings and introduced me to some of the players on the team. They're recruiting me as a linebacker and I like Coach Avalos a lot. He's an IE (Inland Empire) guy and I really liked the campus and facilities as well."

Mills said the Broncos staff was very straight forward in their message to him.

"They were saying it's not going to be easy there and if I come to Boise State, it will be the hardest I've ever had to work," Mills said. "They said it would be worth it though because of their winning tradition and I liked how straight up and honest they were with me. I like Boise State, it's a program that flies under the radar in terms of notoriety but they can play with anyone."

Next up for Mills was a visit to Pullman.

"The visit to Washington State was great as well, I liked it a lot," Mills said. "I think what stood out for me the most was the facilities and how nice everything was. Everything is top of the line, among the best I've seen. Coach Wilson was great as well and we got to spend a lot of time together.

"They're recruiting me as a 'backer too and Coach Wilson made me feel really comfortable there. I got to meet Coach Leach as well and that was cool. He's a very interesting guy and I mean that in a good way. Coach Wilson was telling me they're the best kept secret in the Pac-12 with their winning record and facilities that are second to none."

Mills said the visit definitely gave him a lot to think about.

"The visit definitely helped a lot," Mills said. "Washington State is up there towards the top, I liked it a lot there. Coach Wilson was cool though, he didn't try and pressure me but just said they want me to be comfortable and make the best decision for me. 

"I loved both of those visits and I couldn't pick a favorite right now. They're neck and neck and I still have a lot of thinking to do. I'm not close to making a decision but there's a 50-50 chance I could do something before my senior year. I don't have any other visits locked in right now and I don't want to rush anything. I want to 100% sure about my decision before I commit anywhere."

To check out Mills in action from last season, check out his junior highlights above:

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