While we’ve yet to receive the obligatory “Go Broncos!” Tweet from Coach Harsin, there has seemingly been an addition to Boise State’s defensive back crew, as confirmed by the player himself. Phillip Mills is a safety from Paloma Valley High in Menifee, California.
You can see his current high school stats here, the ‘Cliff’s Notes’ of which is that he had 57 tackles last year as a junior, while also blocking a punt and securing an interception. In watching his highlights, which can be seen below, Mills seems to have a particular instinct for run support, and a talent for shedding blocks. He also appears to move with good speed for a guy that’s 6’3” and listed anywhere between 200 and 215 lbs. Being so long, and with the capacity to add more size, it also seems possible that he could move to linebacker at some point, if needed.
Scout and 24/7 both had him listed as a 3-star prospect, and according to this Scout article, he has offers from Washington State, SDSU, Wyoming, New Mexico, Army, and Hawaii. He also indicated in that same interview that he had interest from UCLA, USC, Fresno State, Oregon State and Duke.
According to his Tweet, however, he is “110% committed” to Boise State, and that looks like it’s going to be nothing but a good thing for us.