LSU defensive backs coach Ron Cooper often finds a diamond in the rough this time of year, inviting in cornerbacks and safeties from not just Louisiana, but across the Southeast, to work one-on-one with the staff.
On Wednesday, Cooper gave LSU head coach Les Miles high praise on three-star DeSoto High (Texas) cornerback Jalen Miles after the rising senior tore apart the competition on back-to-back days.
"Coach Cooper said that he loved how well I performed and said that I could be someone who could have an impact at LSU," Mills said. "He told coach Miles and some of the other coaches to come and watch me during one-on-one drills, and I kept shutting down receivers. That's when coach Miles told me that I needed to get to his office before I checked out of camp."
After lunch, the 6-foot, 180-pounder, who clocked a sub-4.5 40-yard dash, went upstairs at the Football Operations Building to meet with the headman.
With offers in from Pittsburgh, Virginia, Baylor, Colorado State, Houston, Iowa State, Kansas, Memphis, Nevada, North Texas, Tulsa, Utah State, and UTEP, Miles delivered Mills his first overture from the Southeastern Conference.
"Coach Miles got me in his office and got straight to the point," Mills said. "He told me that the coaches all liked me and he wanted to offer me a full scholarship, and then he asked how long it would be before I was ready to shut things down.
"I told him there was no need to wait. LSU is a school that I've always looked at and wished that one day I would get an offer. I told him I wanted to commit right there on the spot, and he accepted it. He was really happy for me."
Mills' commitment came just minutes after the LSU staff landed a commitment for 2013 from Loranger athlete Jeryl Brazil.