Mims – "I'm so excited"

Burnt Orange Beat broke the story of Round Rock Stony Point defensive end Tevin Mims committing to the Texas Longhorns on Sunday morning. Mims is the 20th commitment to Coach Brown and the Longhorns for the 2009 recruiting class. Burnt Orange Beat was at the Round Rock ISD high school today to hear Mims' thoughts on his decision.

Tevin Mims helped lead the Stony Point Tigers to another district crown and a serious playoff run with wins over Langham Creek, The Woodlands, Garland, and Skyline. The run ended in the state semifinals after the Tigers fell to eventual state champion Allen. Mims' senior season was good enough to earn him AP 5A All-State Honorable Mention accolades.

As his season was ending, his recruitment really heated up when Texas head coach-in-waiting, Will Muschamp, stopped by his school to express Texas' interest in the 6-4, 240 pound defender. Mims was happy with the development. So after he committed to Texas during his official visit, he was relieved to get the offer.

"Man, I'm just excited. I grew up a fan of Texas my whole life. They put the offer in front of me and I knew as soon as they did, I would take it. Texas is the real deal. We are going to be competing for national championships," said Mims.

The official visit to the university confirmed what Mims already knew – he wanted to be a Longhorn.

"What stood out of the visit were just the city and the school. Everything is based off of the school and downtown. It was great and I'm excited," added Mims.

Mims will sign his letter of intent on February 4 and then plan on joining his teammates in voluntary workouts this summer. Mims has been mentioned as a possibility at weak side defensive end, the buck position, and even defensive tackle eventually.

"I don't too much care about positions. I just want to get out there and play. As long as I see the field, I'm happy," Mims added.

Mims, who had labrum surgery last February, is busy working out to prepare his body for the rigors of big time college football. He is open to redshirting or playing as a true freshman.

"They talked to me about playing. They might redshirt me, but it depends on my strength," said Mims.

In addition to his latest offer from the Texas Longhorns, Mims had considered offers from Texas A&M, TCU, Texas Tech, Arizona, Kansas, Purdue, Georgia Tech, Iowa State, and Louisiana Tech.

Mims moved to Round Rock when he was nine after growing up in the Beaumont area. Mims is the 20th member of the 2009 recruiting class and the fifth defensive lineman.

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