Mills visits a friend

Kellen Mills is a 6-2, 215-pound fullback/linebacker prospect from Mesa (Ariz.) Mountain View, and has a buddy up north he wants to visit - current Husky punter Derek McLaughlin. So he's took an unofficial visit this weekend to Seattle to see Washington take on Wyoming Saturday night.

"I know him really well," Mills told of his relationship with his former teammate. "He's from down here." But that's not the only impetus for Kellen's visit. He's serious about the Huskies. "I just haven't seen it yet and I've heard a lot of stuff about the school, so I wanted to come up and see," he said.

Mills is also going to take unofficial visits to Oregon and Oregon State. "I'm going to go back to Oregon State later on this year on an official visit and also to BYU later on an official visit," he said. Washington, San Diego State, BYU, Oregon and Oregon State are the schools recruiting Mills the hardest. Washington quarterbacks coach Steve Axman is the coach keeping in contact with Mills. "He just asked how I was doing and how the football team was looking. We just got a new coach and a new football staff."

Even though he's mostly being recruited as a FB/LB, Kellen is playing tight end and on the defensive line. Displaying his versatility, he actually played center as a junior. He's been timed in the 40 at 4.53 and has a 30-inch vertical leap to his credit. He benches 285 pounds and squats 390. "I try to go hard every play and don't get lazy out there. I have a positive attitude."

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