New Leader for Tampa's Rodney Mills?

Iowa jumped out early with a spring scholarship offer for Florida safety Rodney Mills. It was his first offer. A new Big Ten program has entered the picture for Mills. Has it moved ahead of the Hawkeyes? Have the Hawkeyes cooled on Mills? Get the latest in this recruiting update.

Rodney Mills is naming a leader - Minnesota.

The Class of 2011 Florida safety had been leaning towards Iowa, the first school to offer him a scholarship. It appeared that the Hawkeyes might have moved on, at least to a degree

"They called me one day and told me that they had three DBs that had committed and that their depth chart was getting high at that position," Mills said. "They told me all along that they were recruiting other guys at my position. They said they're still recruiting me, but they wanted to give me an update after they got commitments."

According to our list of known commitments for 2011 here at, Iowa has yet to receive a pledge from a defensive back. It's been speculated that Naples, Fla. cornerback Torrey Campbell might be a silent or soft verbal, but he left on a visit to Boston College this week and has told me he‘s not made up his mind (which doesn‘t mean he hasn‘t given some type of word to the Hawkeyes).

Minnsota stepped up with an offer for Mills on Sunday.

"Right now, they're probably the leader," Mills said. "They'd been recruiting me and came down for a spring practice. We've stayed in touch."

Mills said that he's hit it off with Gopher head coach Tim Brewster.

"I'd like to take a visit up there during the season," Mills said. "Right now, I need to talk with my parents about setting up an official visit. I hope to go when it snows. I've never seen snow so I want to see what that's about."

Connecticut began recruiting Mills two weeks ago and Louisiana Tech recently contacted his coach, he said.

"I'll try to visit UConn," Mills said. "They've seen me on film and want to see me during the season."

Mills is hoping a strong senior campaign leads to more opportunities.

"My goal is to get more offers and take this slow," Mills said. "I want to have a good year and see if other colleges come around. I'm probably not going to commit until close to signing day (in early February)."

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