July 9, 2011

Mills closing in on an offer

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Ohio State's search for offensive linemen continues this summer as new targets are emerging each and every week. One of the latest names that has caught the Buckeye's attention is Canton (Ohio) McKinley offensive tackle Kevin Mills. The 6-foot-5, 280-pound prospect has been impressing at camps over the last few weeks and things are starting to pick up between Mills and the Buckeyes.

"I have offers from like a few different MAC schools (Ball State, Miami (Ohio), and Toledo)," he explained. "I'm looking for Ohio State and some other Big Ten schools. Michigan is showing me a lot of interest and my coach told me that Indiana is showing a lot of interest."

Recently, Mills turned in strong camp performances at Ohio State, Michigan, and Michigan State. It has been rumored that the Buckeyes could extend an offer by the end of the month. If that were to happen, they would sit in commanding position to land Mills.

"That would put them at number one," Mills said. "They would be in front of anybody, anybody at all. Ohio State is Ohio State and I grew up loving them. Even if they couldn't go to a bowl game for two years or even four years, I would still just enjoy going there."

Mills is a player that has steadily improved over the last calendar year and he credits going up against some big time defensive ends in practice as part of the reason for his development.

"Steve (Miller) has really helped me," he explained. "He was so strong and he would just bull rush and (Se'von) Pittman is the same way. Pretty much I can face anybody now without having any fear or having to worry."

Mills is hoping to collect some more offers over the summer so that he can make a decision before his senior season kicks off at the end of August.

"I want to make my decision before the season starts," he said. "If no other offers come in, I might have to wait. I want to go to the Big Ten."

In the mean time, Mills is preparing to help lead McKinley on another playoff run. Two-a-days and scrimmages are right around the corner and Mills is ready for some physical contact.

"I'm more than excited," he said. "I get to hit somebody finally instead of weight lifting and stuff."


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