January 18, 2009

Mims the word as Texas lands No.20

It wasn't long ago when Round Rock Stony Point defensive end Tevin Mims was a complete unknown.

As hard as it might be to believe that a dominant 6-4, 240-pound defensive end would be invisible to recruiting fans and college coaches alike, it was the truth.

However, after a sensational senior season that included one of the most dominant stretches of play that's been seen in the Texas state playoffs in some time, Mims has emerged as perhaps the fastest-rising recruit in the Lone Star State.

Perhaps the biggest indication of just how far Mims has come in a short time occurred when the Texas Longhorns, who had sat with a pat hand in 2009 recruiting for nearly half a year, jumped into the fray and indicated that an offer was likely coming on his official visit this weekend.

As expected, the Longhorns did offer and Mims became the 20th verbal commitment in Texas' Class of 2009 when he gave Mack Brown the official word late this morning at the end of his visit.

"Yes," Mims wrote in a text message when asked to confirm whether he had committed.

With the commitment, the Longhorns landed the one of the biggest prizes remaining in the state. Mims, who was bumped up to four stars in the Rivals.com national rankings this week, is rated as the No.16 player in the state in the final Lone Star Recruiting Rankings.

As a senior, Mims recorded 54 tackles, 14 sacks, 11 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, nine pass breakups and 13 quarterback pressures.

"He's got a good wing span. His arms are longer than what his body would indicate," Stony Point coach Craig Chessher said. "He's got the uncanny knack for turning hips when he's a pass rusher. He can really turn the corner easily, there's no effort there. It's a natural movement for him. I coached some really good players at North Shore but they didn't have that natural hip turn. I coached college for six years and that would appeal to me."

Orangebloods.com scouting report: Mims was just a dominating presence off the edge this season and he got better and better with each passing week. He's not the most explosive edge guy you'll find off the edge, but he has a quick first step and he has the ability to use his athleticism to go around guys and the strength to go through them. He's been at his best in the playoffs, reminding me of the rise that Alex Okafor made as a junior in 2007. This kid has a great body/frame that should allow him to add more weight and still maintain his athleticism. Mims can play on either side of the line, although he's better coming off the left side than the right at this point. Has the ability to make plays down the line of scrimmage. For all of his size and strength, he's not an elite-level athlete, although he's playing at an elite level on the field. He does not move extremely well laterally, but he's not going to be asked to play in space. Overall, I felt like Mims was as good of a defensive player on the field as I saw in person this year. He flat out dominated games and was unblockable in the playoffs when his team made a run to the state semi's

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