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66 DAYS TO 2017 KICKOFF: Aidan Mills

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In which BracketCat counts down the 66th day until the 2017 kickoff with a profile of offensive lineman Aidan Mills.

#66 B.J. Finney
He has along way to go to be worthy of B.J. Finney’s No. 66, but I think Aidan Mills has some of the same tools and the hard-working Kansas background to do it.

Aidan Mills

True Freshman | 6-5 | 265 lbs. | Newton, Kansas
  • Position: Offensive Line
  • Previous College: None
  • Projection: Grayshirt
  • Status: On Scholarship

Aidan Michael Mills (b. April 11, 1999) is a raw offensive line prospect who will grayshirt this season to continue recovering from an injury and enroll next January to join the team. After that, though, I wouldn’t rule out entirely his playing as a true freshman.

After all, he told Heartland College Sports that he’s already up to 285 pounds and he wants to reach 290 to 300 pounds this summer. He chose K-State over an offer from Wyoming and interest from Duke.

Mills lettered three years for Newton High School under head coach Nate Wollenberg and was regarded as the seventh-best player in the state of Kansas in the Class of 2017 by ESPN. He has played fullback, quarterback, linebacker and, most recently, offensive and defensive line.

Interestingly, most of his highlights above are from the defensive side. “I’m a competitor,” Mills told GoPowercat.com’s D. Scott Fritchen:

I don’t like to lose. I’ll fight for my position. I’ll fight for every yard. I’m also a very quick learner, so it doesn’t take me long to learn plays and do what I’m supposed to do. I’ve played both sides of the ball throughout my whole high school career at defensive end and at tackle, so at tackle, I know some of the tendencies of defensive ends and what they’re trying to do. That’ll help me a lot with blocking and being able to defend the quarterback.”

He was named to the USA Today Sports/American Family Insurance All-USA Kansas team as a senior in 2016, while he was an honorable mention pick by The Topeka Capital-Journal and The Wichita Eagle.

Mills picked up three straight all-league accolades, including first-team honors as senior, also participated in basketball and track for the Railers, earning state runner-up honors in the shot put in 2015. He was a three-year member of the honor roll.

Mills’ interests other than sports include MMA, camping, hunting, going out on the lake and anything outdoors. He actually grew up a KU fan, but predictably wasn’t offered by the Jayhawks. It’s always sweet to turn these kids against their childhood favorites...