2011 Tampa DB Holds Hawkeye Offer

Rodney Mills pattered his game after Sean Taylor and Eric Berry. The Class of 2011 DB loves to hit. His game film impressed the Iowa coaches so much, that they offered him a scholarship, his first from an FBS school. Hawkeye Insider caught up with Mills recently and found out his thoughts on the Hawkeyes and more on his recruitment.

Rodney Mills grew up idolizing the late Sean Taylor. He's since patterned his game after Eric Berry.

Yes, the Class of 2011 product from Tampa plays safety. He likes to hit.

"Most colleges have told me that if I can get a little bigger, I'll play safety," the 5-foot-11, 175-pounder said. "That's what I'm working on this summer."

Mills plans to unofficially visit Iowa in the next few months. The Hawkeyes are the only FBS school to have offered him. He also holds an offer from Charleston Southern.

"They told me they really like my highlight tape and were very impressed," Mills said of Iowa. "They like how I fly around the field and make big hits."

Defensive Backs Coach Phil Parker has taken the lead for Iowa's recruitment of Mills. He visited Jefferson High in Tampa during the most recent contact period.

"They came to a practice and I talked with them for a bit," Mills said. "I know Iowa is a big school and they're recruiting other guys at my position. I plan on visiting up there sometime this summer."

Iowa has company in its pursuit of Mills. Minnesota, Michigan State, Purdue and Virginia are among a group of schools in frequent contact with him, he said.

The Golden Gophers called Mills just before I spoke with him on Wednesday. He said he liked Minnesota quite a bit.

"I'd like to stay close to Florida to play college football, but the most important thing is going to a place with good academics and an ability to play quickly," Mills said. "I'd like to be able to play by the time I'm a sophomore."

Mills is scheduled to camp at Georgia on June 12 and at other to-be-determined schools in Florida this summer. He hopes to study engineering or sports medicine in college.

"Right now, I feel like I want to take some time making a decision," Mills said. "I probably won't decide until close to signing day (in February)."

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