Big 3-Star IOL John Mills commits to Texas

Texas gets yet another big human committed along the offensive line in the recruiting class of 2025, 3-Star California IOL John Mills.
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Three-star San Francisco (CA) St. Ignatius College Prep interior offensive lineman John Mills committed to Texas football and offensive line coach/offensive coordinator Kyle Flood on June 24. Mills chose Texas over other top schools he officially visited, including the Washington Huskies, Nebraska Cornhuskers, and Cal Golden Bears.

Texas football adds big 6-foot-6 3-Star IOL commit John Mills

Mills is the fourth offensive line recruit in the 2025 class to commit to Flood and the Longhorns. He joins the brothers from Cedar Hill (TX) High School Devin and Jordan Coleman and Port Neches-Groves (TX) three-star Jackson Christian along Texas's interior offensive line class for 2025.

Despite hailing from Northern California in the Bay Area, Mills made the long trek to Austin for multiple visits so far during the 2024 offseason. His commitment to the Longhorns comes a couple of weeks after his official visit to Austin on June 14.

Mills also had successful unofficial visits to Texas during the first big Junior Day of the offseason on Jan. 20 and during spring practice in April.

Per Horns247, Mills is expected to sign and enroll at Texas to compete in spring camp in 2025.

Flood was one of the first Power Five coaches to recruit Mills during the 2025 cycle. Texas was the first Power Five school away from the west coast that offered Mills back in mid-September 2023.

It's clear that Flood and the Longhorns continue to prioritize adding big humans with great length and size along the offensive line on the recruiting trail entering the SEC. All four Texas offensive line commits for this cycle are at least 6-foot-4 and 310 pounds.

Flood has also done an amazing job not only recruiting depth to Texas along the offensive line but also high-upside big guys who can have a future in the NFL a few years down the road.

Texas turns to the west coast to add length and size with Mills

The 6-foot-6 and 320-pound offensive lineman from Northern California is the tallest and longest commitment in the trenches the Longhorns have landed so far in the 2025 class. Mills not only brings great length and size, but also great quickness and power at the point of attack.

While most of the major recruiting services have Mills listed as a high-three-star recruit, he has the type of quickness and overall athleticism that fits the mould of a four-star prospect.

Mills currently plays offensive tackle in high school. He could have a future at guard or tackle at the collegiate level, given his ability to move his feet and run block on the outside and also hold his own with good agility and hand usage in pass protection.

The bigger frame Mills has at 320 pounds is carried well given his height at 6-foot-6. He uses his power and length well to finish blocks and effortlessly move opposing defensive linemen off the line of scrimmage. Mills also has powerful hands that can shock opposing defensive linemen and linebackers at the first point of contact.

Areas of improvement

From a consistency perspective, Mills can use some touching up in pass protection. His footwork and pad level approach will need some development at the collegiate level before he's ready to hit the field for every-down action in the trenches in the SEC at Texas.

Fit at Texas

Mills is probably best projected to play guard immediately in college at Texas. He's got the type of size and body-moving ability off the snap to really be a force with interior run blocking and more stable pass protection.

But the type of size, versatility, and athleticism Mills brings could give him a future at offensive tackle if the need is there for Flood and the Longhorns a few years in the future.

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