On the morning Dedrick Mills hoped to sign his National Letter of Intent with Nebraska, he was instead in a Ware County, Georgia, courtroom.
Mills, a Waycross, Georgia, native and Garden City (Kansas) Community College running back who verbally committed to the Huskers in September, turned himself in Dec. 14 to the Ware County Sheriff’s Department because the court issued a bench warrant after he had failed to appear in court previously, the Ware County Clerk of Courts confirmed to the Journal Star on Monday morning. A Clerk of Courts official said Mills received probation following a Dec. 19 appearance in front of Judge Doug Gibson but did not have the exact plea immediately available.
Online records indicate Mills, 22, missed a court date stemming from a July misdemeanor charge of driving with a suspended license. Failure to appear in court can carry a felony charge in Georgia.
Mills is the only player originally expected to sign early with Nebraska who has not, though he still could any time between now and Jan. 15 or during the February signing period. Classes begin at NU on Jan. 7, and if he signs, he could either join the program then or during the summer.
Late on Dec. 19, in what would have been the hours after his court appearance, Mills told the Journal Star via message that he planned on signing during the early period even though it hadn’t happened on the first day. Since then, he has not returned messages seeking updates.
Mills, according to the Garden City Telegram, was also arrested in Garden City in January 2018 for failing to appear for a court date.
NU officials cannot comment on players who have not officially joined the program.
None of that necessarily precludes the Huskers from signing the former Georgia Tech freshman All-American. Mills, listed at 5-foot-11 and 215 pounds on Garden City’s roster, would bring high-level experience and a different style of runner to Ryan Held’s room than the current collection of sophomore Maurice Washington and signees Rahmir Johnson and Ronald Thompkins.
In 2016, Mills rushed for 771 yards and 12 touchdowns at Georgia Tech, but was dismissed from the team before his sophomore season. Then he ended up at Garden City, where he first broke his collarbone, then returned in 2018 and rushed for 1,358 yards and 19 touchdowns as the Broncbusters advanced all the way to the NJCAA national title game.