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The Lackawanna-to-Penn State pipeline is still running strong as Tyrece Mills puts pen to paper and is officially a Nittany Lions.
|Height/Weight: 6'0/205 lbs.|
|Junior College: Lackawanna C.C. (Scranton, PA)|
|247Composite Rank: ★★★(0.8710)|
|Positional Rank: No. 14 Overall, No. 3 Safety, No. 2 in Pennsylvania|
|Commitment Date: May 5, 2021|
Mills is yet another exciting safety to come out of Lackawanna. He is a sound and willing tackler and plays the ball well in the air. His future could be closer to the line, however, as he could ultimately end up at linebacker once he gets into the Nittany Lion program.
The things that limit him as a safety aren't as prevalent as a linebacker. His backpedal isn't particularly strong and he doesn't show great hips in coverage. While he has a good feel for where he is in a zone, he could thrive as a linebacker in coverage, given the matchups he would face versus at safety. He could be a perfect SAM 'backer at Penn State.
How quickly Mills gets on campus and acclimated to the rigors of a Big Ten football program will determine how quickly he sees the field in his first year with the program. Both the linebacker and safety rooms appear to be dangerously thin going into 2022, barring any big-time transfers. Mills is older than a high schooler would be coming into college and has had time to adjust to college life, along with spending time in a solid strength and conditioning program. He has a great opportunity to, worst case, crack the depth chart and contribute to special teams.
With that said, Mills will have four years to play three as he enrolled at Lackawanna in 2020, and is eligible for an extra year due to Covid-19, if he chooses to take it. That extra year, and redshirt possibility, will ultimately help Mills develop at the right speed, rather than being forced into action before he is ready.