By Harry Allison
Penn State got a commitment yesterday from cornerback and Northeast High alum Tyrece Mills.
Mills, a 6-foot, 205-pound safety at Scranton (Pa.) Lackawanna junior college, announced his commitment:
“It is like home,” Mills said. “Everything seems like I am supposed to go there. The last safeties from Lack went there. My folks can come to the game. They can drive there and don’t have to do too much to get there.
“And then, it’s Penn State. It’s a great school. Everything is telling me to play for the home school so you can put on for your family so they can see you play.”
He was offered by Penn State in late March by assistant coach Terry Smith, but it is his relationship with grad assistant coach Deion Barnes that led him to Penn State.
“It didn’t surprise (getting offered) because my coach from high school, coach Deion, knew about me,” Mills said. “I knew I would be a target if I played well. I knew if I played well they were going to offer me.”
“Deion is my guy,” Mills said. “He took me to my first college visit. That is who really found me for sports. He is the one who found me on the football field. He is the one who first started to work with me and said, ‘Hey, you can go D-1. You can be something.’
“That first trip was hometown, to Temple. It (motivated Mills) because I had never been to a college before. I took pictures with the helmet and jersey. I never talked to college coaches face-to-face. It was a big thing.”
“When I got (to Lackawanna), I turned into a dog,” Mills said. “It motivated me to be a dog. I just got that mindset. It was either this or that. I got that mindset and once I got that mindset with it, it just became easy. I knew I had to get out of here and I told myself what I was going to do. That’s how that came about.”