"It's just love everywhere around Oklahoma"

Jalen Mills

The Sooners coaching staff is currently out on their grind all around the country evaluating talent. Earlier this week they stopped by Desoto HS to check in on Jalen Mills, a 2012 cornerback prospect. Mills recruitment is starting to heat up. Check inside for more.

Jalen Mills played at Lancaster HS the last few years in a talent laded secondary but recently transferred to Desoto this last month. Mills has already earned a starting role in their secondary, which is always loaded with talent as well.

Mills is a talented corner who currently stands at 6-foot and 193-pounds he says. UNT, Iowa State, Tulsa, UTEP, and Houston have all offered and recently Texas and Oklahoma State swung through Desoto to check him out. Last week Oklahoma defensive coordinator Brent Venables stopped by to see what Mills brings to the table.

Desoto Head Coach Claude Mathis let Sooners Illustrated know that Coach Venables liked what he saw from Mills. And for Mills the feeling is mutual towards the Sooner program as a whole.

"With Oklahoma I like everything about their football (program), like every aspect of it. They have a real good academic center. When I went down there for the spring game they showed us the academic center and I liked that," Mills explained.

Having played at Lancaster Mills is friends with a couple of current Sooners in Demontre Hurst and Quentin Hayes who also played their high school ball at Lancaster as well. Hurst and Mills are actually pretty close.

"Demontre is like another brother," Mills stated. "He's been over at my house like every other weekend. We go out to eat. We play video games. Demontre is like an older brother. Anytime I have questions about anything pertaining to football, pertaining to school, or anything outside of school I can call Demontre and he will tell me. Actually he was telling me about the recruiting process so I have learned a lot from him."

Back in April Mills got his opportunity to see his two friends compete in the Red & White spring game while also attending the Sooners junior day. Mills talked about what he liked about the visit.

"At Oklahoma it's really a team at Oklahoma," Mills stated. "The coaches connect with the players and the players connect with the coaches. It's just love everywhere around Oklahoma."

Mills isn't exactly looking for anything in particular in a school but where ever he decides to go he wants to make sure that the competition that will be on campus is top notch.

"I want competition," Mills said about what he is looking for in a school. "I want to go against the best."

Mills says he is currently running a 4.5 forty and that he is on pace to qualify. Stick with Sooners Illustrated moving forward as Mills recruitment is beginning to pick up steam.

-Greg Powers-

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