Nebraska has added another playmaker to the recruiting class of 2019.
On Tuesday, junior college running back Dedrick Mills from Garden City Community College in Garden City, Kansas, announced he will join the class. He shared his decision on Twitter.
Like to take the time and say thank you Nebraska for a second chance. pic.twitter.com/RAEJcAttKr
— Dedrick D. Mills (@MillsDedrick) September 4, 2018
In January 2016, Mills early enrolled at Georgia Tech. He starred for the Yellow Jackets in Paul Johnson’s attack as a freshman. He was the team’s leading rusher with 771 yards and 12 touchdowns, averaging 85 yards per game. He was later dismissed from Georgia Tech for failing multiple drug tests after testing positive for marijuana.
Once he left Georgia Tech, he ended up at Garden City Community College where he currently plays for coach Jeff Sims. Last season he only got to play in two games before breaking his collarbone. So far this season, Mills is off to a tremendous start. In the first game of the year against Dodge City Community College, he rushed for 267 yards and three scores on 24 attempts.
After Mills' committed, Sims told Hail Varsity what makes Mills such a special running back. He also shared how he expects Mills to stack up in the Big Ten.
“What makes him a special back is the same thing that made Lavonte David a great football player," Sims said. "He loves football. He loves it on Tuesday, he loves it on Saturday, he loves it at practice and he loves it during games. That’s what makes him different. We could put a highlight film of him up where he doesn’t carry the ball. The block he made this weekend so our other back could run 75 yards, the pancake he had on the punt block team where he destroyed the guy on the shield. He doesn’t care what you have him play, he goes as hard as he possibly can. God made him as a football player. He is tremendous. What makes him great is that he is a guy that loves football every minute of every day.
"How will he do in the Big Ten? He will be an impact player that fits in just fine. Just like Jermarcus Hardrick, Brandon Kinnie, Stanley Jean-Baptiste and Lavonte David. We’ve had four All-American tailbacks and he’s as good as any running back I’ve ever seen. He’s an elite football player. Now we just have to get him graduated.”
Mills becomes the 16th verbal pledge for the class of 2019. He is also the third junior college player in the class. The Huskers seem to be reloading the running back room in preparation of losing both Devine Ozigbo and Mikale Wilbon to graduation after this season. Mills is the third running back commit to go along with 3-star (HV Rating: 87.9) Rahmir Johnson and 4-star (HV Rating: 90.5) Ronald Thompkins.
Greg is the Recruiting Analyst for Hail Varsity and has covered Husker athletics since 2013. He has always had a passion for sports while growing up in the Chicago area. As he got older and had to hang up his cleats and sneakers, he realized his passion for sports went beyond just watching and attending games. He has covered many events from the Rose Bowl to championship boxing matches. If he’s not talking sports, he’s hovering over his grill. He is married to an amazing woman, Kim, and they have a dog that barks when Greg yells at the TV during games.