Dedrick Mills

Dedrick Mills, who committed to the Huskers on Tuesday, attended the 2018 spring game. 

Nebraska received a commitment Tuesday from Garden City (Kan.) Community College running back Dedrick Mills. Three takes on Mills’ decision:

» A powerful, fast back built for the rigors of the Big Ten. Mills started his career at Georgia Tech. He was a hit there, running for 771 yards and 12 touchdowns as a true freshman. He was then dismissed from the program for a violation of team rules. On the field, Mills was the real deal, especially inside the red zone. He’s a true running back in Nebraska’s offense, similar to a Devine Ozigbo or a Greg Bell. Mills, 5-foot-11, played around 220 pounds at Georgia Tech and may be a little smaller now. But he’s a Big Ten back.

» The junior college pipeline continues with a special emphasis on Nebraska’s relationship with Garden City coach Jeff Sims. Sims, while at Fort Scott Community College, sent four players — Brandon Kinnie, Yoshi Hardrick, Lavonte David and Stanley Jean-Baptiste — to Nebraska. Sims then later worked for former Husker defensive coordinator Carl Pelini — and with current NU outside linebackers coach Jovan Dewitt — at Florida Atlantic. The closeness of that relationship helped Dewitt land cornerback Mike Hughes, who spent one year at Central Florida before becoming an NFL first-round draft pick. Now, it’s paid off again in Mills. Garden City has some other junior college players — offensive tackle Bamidele Olaseni is one of them — that Nebraska may want, too. NU is all-in on the junior college approach.

» The 2019 Husker running back picture is interesting. Mills’ inclusion gives Nebraska even more competition for next season, when Bell is a senior and Maurice Washington is a sophomore. How many running backs does NU want in the program? Quite a few, it seems. Mills is a slightly different style of guy — most like Ozigbo — but he’ll still have to fight for carries. NU doesn’t sign juco players to sit around.

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