Husker recruit Mills’ signing delayed by arrest from traffic citations

January 3, 2019

LINCOLN — A junior college running back who’s verbally committed to Nebraska had a court appearance in his home state of Georgia during the December early signing period, records show.

Dedrick Mills, who just left Garden City (Kan.) Community College, was arrested Dec. 14 for failure to appear in Ware County Court for July 2018 traffic citations, including speeding and driving with a suspended license.

He received probation Dec. 19, though neither the Ware County Clerk’s Office nor the probation office had put into computer records Mills’ plea or any other stipulation of his sentence. A Ware County courthouse office clerk said the recency of the charge and the Christmas holiday have delayed input of such records.

News of Mills’ arrest spread first Saturday on social media and message boards. A clerk Monday said she was already “very familiar” with the charges because of media requests.

Mills, who rushed for 1,358 yards this season at Garden City, has not responded to numerous requests for comment in recent weeks. Nebraska can’t publicly comment on players who haven’t signed with the program, though NU officials did appear to think Mills was signing in December. He did not. Should he want to participate in Nebraska’s spring practice, he’ll have to sign by Jan. 14 — the last day NU students can add classes to their schedules.

As a freshman at Georgia Tech in 2016, Mills rushed for 771 yards and 12 touchdowns. He was then kicked off the team just before his sophomore season after testing positive three times, over 20 months, for marijuana. He went to Garden City, where, according to an Atlanta Journal-Constitution story, he broke his collarbone and passed just three of six classes in his first semester.

Mills, an elusive interview, committed to NU in large part because former Garden City coach Jeff Sims — who’s now taken a job at Missouri Southern — had close ties with current Husker outside linebackers coach Jovan Dewitt.

Both of them worked at Florida Atlantic for former Nebraska defensive coordinator Carl Pelini, who, in developing close ties with Sims, recruited to Nebraska Lavonte David, Jermarcus Hardrick, Brandon Kinnie and Stanley Jean-Baptiste from Sims’ former school in Fort Scott, Kansas.

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