Pro-style quarterback Davis Mills, a 4-star 2017 recruit out of Greater Atlanta Christian School, announced his decision to play college football for Stanford on Tuesday morning:
Davis Mills @Millsions
Go Cardinal! 🌲🏈 https://t.co/FNv4kW5vOv2016-3-15 12:14:25
Mills may be listed as the fourth-ranked pro-style QB, the eighth-best player from Georgia and the No. 80 overall prospect in the country, per 247Sports' composite rankings, but he can also make plays with his feet. Mike Farrell of Rivals.com stated that this was "huge" for Stanford head coach David Shaw.
In addition to keeping plays alive thanks to his precocious pocket instincts, the 17-year-old has enough speed and elusiveness to gash defenses on the ground. Unless it's a totally busted protection, he'll keep his eyes downfield and always look to throw before he runs.
So Mills truly is a dual-threat field general whose 577 rushing yards and 14 scores as a junior were only eclipsed by his prowess as a passer. He averaged approximately 10 yards per attempt and threw 25 touchdowns to seven interceptions in 2015.
When watching footage of Mills picking apart opposing defenses, it's remarkable to see how developed he is in areas most QBs his age aren't. What stands out is his downfield accuracy and the effortless velocity he can generate.
Considering how often he threw the ball deep, Mills' completion percentage of just under 60 as a junior was somewhat forgivable. The 6'3", 192-pounder has room to add bulk to his frame, which should only aid his efforts to attack in Stanford's vertical passing game.
Consistency is always something young QBs can work on, but Mills already shows polished mechanics and a compact throwing motion that features a quick release and a high release point. That's a good combination and bodes well for his NCAA future.
Although competition may be too stiff for Mills to be Stanford's starter as a true freshman, he's a finished product to the point he could step in and play if necessary.
Few quarterback prospects in the 2017 class come to mind who are more well-rounded than Mills. That he still has upside to explore by refining his fundamentals, adding strength and marginally improving his overall accuracy suggests Stanford may have a star in the making with Mills at the most important position on the field.
All recruit rankings, stats and information courtesy of 247Sports unless otherwise indicated.