Clemson recently offered 2020 DE Rylie Mills (6-5 275) of Lake Forest, IL joining several other major powers from across the country in putting Mills on the wanted list. He’s also holding early offers from Notre Dame, Alabama, Boston College, Duke, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State, Nebraska, Oklahoma and others.
“I really like that Clemson competes for a national championship every year and they play at the highest level,” Mills said. “I also really like how high they hold their academics.”
Clemson will be looking to replenish the interior of the defensive line in the next two classes. They will lose Christian Wilkins and Albert Huggins for sure after this season, and Dexter Lawrence likely will depart for the NFL as well. That will leave Nyles Pinckney and Jordan Williams behind at defensive tackle with two committed for the 2019 class.
“They really like my size and that I play hard,” Mills said. “They see me as someone who can play as an edge rusher and also play inside on the guard, like a tackle. Coach Bates likes to move his guys around a lot and wants them to get up field.”
Clemson defensive tackles coach Todd Bates is friends with Mills’ coach and that’s how the long distance relationship commenced.
It’s still early in the process for Mills and he’s sorting thru the information he’s receiving from the interested parties. He plans to visit Clemson at some point during the process.
“Right now I’ve gotten my initial thought from the schools I’ve been offered from and now I’m starting to compare schools and see where I fit in the program,” he said. “Hopefully I can get out to either a game or a visit after this season.”