Husker signee Dedrick Mills still aiming for May arrival to Nebraska

Dedrick Mills signed with Nebraska in January and is expected to contend for an immediate starting job at running back should he academically qualify for NU.

Nebraska running back signee Dedrick Mills said on Saturday that his grades from Garden City (Kan.) Community College are in, NU is reviewing his transcript and he believes he will be in Lincoln this week — perhaps by Tuesday.

According to Mills, “I have the grades I needed” for NCAA eligibility.

Mills started his career at Georgia Tech, where he was a bowl MVP for the Yellow Jackets’ 2016 squad. Expelled from the team for three positive drug tests — the Yellow Jackets have since changed their rules — Mills went to Garden City, redshirted after he got injured in 2017, and then had 1,358 rushing yards and 19 touchdowns for the Broncbusters in 2018. He signed with Nebraska in January and is expected to contend for an immediate starting job at running back should he academically qualify for NU. The Huskers’ presumptive starter, sophomore Maurice Washington, still has a legal case in California to resolve — his next hearing date is June 12 — and Nebraska’s remaining options are sophomore Jaylin Bradley, walk-ons Brody Belt and Wyatt Mazour and true freshmen Rahmir Johnson and Ronald Thompkins, who are arriving this summer.

Mills had already graduated from Garden City but needed to take classes to improve his GPA. Neither Nebraska nor any other institution would allow a player to arrive at school and enroll without guaranteeing the player was eligible. The last time Nebraska didn’t nail it down with a high-profile athlete was 2006, in men’s basketball, when Roburt Sallie attended classes then was deemed ineligible by the NCAA. Sallie, forced to transfer to a junior college, eventually went to Memphis after a Big 12 rule barred Sallie from playing at Nebraska.

So if Mills arrives at NU, he’s in. He expects to do so this week.