Boise State was the first scholarship offer Phillip Mills received, and it was the school he committed to Monday night.
That doesn’t mean it was a snap decision, however.
Mills was one of the first 2018 recruits to receive an offer from the Broncos, getting his last June right after his sophomore year. After considering it for nearly 12 months, and after more offers came in, the 6-foot-3, 220-pound safety from Paloma Valley High in Menifee, Calif., decided Boise State was the school for him.
“I’d been thinking about it for a while; they’d always been the school that showed me they wanted me more than any other from the start,” Mills said. “Right after I decided, my family said if they had to choose for me, they’d have picked Boise State, too, so it was really exciting.”
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Mills also claimed offers from Air Force, Army, New Mexico, Wyoming, Hawaii, San Diego State and Washington State.
At Boise State, Mills could be used in a multitude of ways. He said defensive coordinator Andy Avalos told him that he would like to use him at linebacker, but he also may be tried in different spots to find his best fit.
“I just like being in space, when I have open field to work with, that’s where I’m best suited,” Mills said. “I like being in run support, I like to hit.”
Mills took an unofficial visit to Boise State last month during the Broncos’ spring game. According to MaxPreps, Mills had 57 tackles, an interception and blocked a punt last season as a junior.
Mills also said he likely will take advantage of a new NCAA rule that will allow players graduating in the summer to sign in December. There is a possibility he could graduate early and enroll in January, he said.
As the first commitment to BSU for 2018, there might be a little bit of extra weight, but Mills said he is excited to take that on. He said he spent Tuesday messaging with other recruits who have Boise State offers.
“Boise State was the first school that believed in me, and once other schools heard Boise State offered, it got rolling,” Mills said. “But the people there, that’s what really put it over the top.
“It means a lot to me to be the first one, and hopefully I can kind of get it rolling my own way, with hopefully more good players committing soon.”
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Boise State will host its annual Helmets & Heels Women’s Clinic beginning at 5 p.m. on June 1. The event starts with a social hour, and then coaches and players lead drills on the Blue, with a question-and-answer session afterward. Tickets are $75 and include parking, food throughout the evening and exclusive Helmets & Heels items. For tickets, visit BroncoSports.com/Tickets or call the Athletic Ticket Office at 208-426-4737.