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Penn State officially signs Lackawanna DB Tyrece Mills

Lackawanna Community College Transfer Tyrece Mills has officially signed with Penn State.

The 6-foot, 205-pound defensive back is a three-star according to 247Sports’s composite junior college rankings. He committed to Penn State last May, but due to some issues on the academic side, he didn’t officially sign with Penn State on early signing day in December.

In December, Mills’s Lackawanna teammate, offensive lineman JB Nelson, signed with the Nittany Lions. It’s the third time the Nittany Lions have signed multiple Lackawanna players in the past four years. Last season, Penn State’s two starting safeties– Jaquan Brisker and Ji’Ayir Brown– were both Lackawanna products and made for one of the best safety tandems in college football. Brown will be coming back to Penn State in 2022, while Brisker has been projected by some outlets as a first-round NFL Draft pick.

Before Lackawanna, Brown played at Northeast High School in Philadelphia, where former Nittany Lion player and current grauate assistant Deion Barnes was the defensive cooridnator. He performed well enough at Northeast to earn 6A Public Player of the year. After his first game at Lackawanna in 2020, Penn State offered him.

Lackawanna’s stats have Mills finishing with 35 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, a sack, a forced fumble and five pass breakups in 2021. He describes himself as a “ball hawk.”

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