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April 24, 2011
Sooners Taking a Deeper Look at Mills
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With Oklahoma boasting a pair of upper classmen that make up one of the country's elite cornerback tandems it's time to zero in on the players who might someday replace Demontre Hurst and Jamell Fleming, assuming, of course, Fleming's return.
When replacing two former Dallas prep area stars where else to look but back into the Dallas area. One player that seems possible to fill that role is Desoto, Texas cornerback Jalen Mills. The skilled corner already holds offers from Houston, Iowa State, Tulsa, and UTEP but his first trip up to Norman has Oklahoma near the top of his list.
"The visit was great, I liked it," Mills said. "Before the game, they gave us a tour, and they showed us the academic center, which is a big thing for me, so the tutoring and all of that stuff, the weight room and the rehab room, the training room, and the locker room, and in the pre-game we got to stand on the field and watch the guys get ready.
"The academics, the lady she said their freshmen coming in they don't put them in the really (large) classes. They are usually to 20-35 students to each class for their first semester and what stood out to me was how they built the facilities, they have different kind of workout facilities."
Mills had a chance to watch Willie Martinez work with his Sooner defensive backs but he also had a chance to chat with Oklahoma's second-year assistant.
"He was just saying that he liked my size or whatever," the 6-foot, 180-pound corner said. "Also he was saying that he as going to come see me during the spring."
Though Mills is currently a Desoto Eagle he spent the first three years of his high school career at rival Lancaster high. As such he knows current Sooner defensive backs, and former Tigers, Hurst and Quentin Hayes. Not surprisingly Mills has picked the brain of his former teammates.
"They just told me that when you get there, the competition, you compete for your spot with everything. (Hurst) told me that if I happen to come there, you don't get nothing there, everything you do is competition and I like that aspect of it," he said. "I'm used to the competition, I like competition so I'm pretty used to it."
Mills, who already had plans to attend camps at Texas, Florida State, and Oklahoma says that Oklahoma talked to him about not just attending one of the Sooners normal one-day camps but also getting there for all three days.
"They gave me a brochure and stuff about the camps. They said you should try and come for more than the one-day camp. Said everyone is going to want to come to the one-day camp, the three-day camp the numbers get shortened down and they can get a longer look," he said.
"I'm going to try and make it."