May 29, 2011
Ducks looking at DeSoto
The Oregon Ducks have climbed there way onto the national stage of college football in large part because of players that were not blue chip prospects. At least not to the recruiting services. But Oregon and especially secondary coach John Neal have made a name for themselves by recruiting talent that has flown maybe a little under the radar. It has been names like Patrick Chung and Jarius Byrd that have been a large part of Oregon's recent success and both players were 2* prospects out of high school and are now playing in the NFL.
One prospect that might fit that bill this year is De Soto, TX cornerback Jalen Mills. Mills is a 6-foot-0, 180 pounder that has started to attract more attention recently. With current offers from Colorado State, Houston, Iowa State, Memphis, Tulsa, UTEP, North Texas and Virginia he says that his recruitment is starting to heat up. Duck Sports Authority recently spoke with Mills about the Oregon Ducks and what contact he has had with them.
"I heard from Coach John Neal the defensive backs coach," Mills said. "He told me he liked my size. I showed him some of my film and he said he likes my film. He said he was going to go back to Coach Chip Kelly and show him my stuff and that he was going to start recruiting me."
Oregon is not the only school that has started to take notice of the talented player. Oklahoma has also been in contact with Mills and Mills took a recent visit Norman to check out the school. Mills said the trip went really well and plans to make another trip to attend the Sooners' camp.
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