NFA coaches believe Davis Mills “has some of the most polished mechanics for a quarterback in any class.” The eighth grader from Duluth, GA is not in high school yet, but his level of play indicates he’ll experience a smooth transition at the next level.
Introduced to football at the age of six, Mills (5’9, 135 pounds) attended his first NFA camp in Nashville in 2010. In July 2011, he won the individual sixth grade competition at NFA’s Duel of the Dozens in Canton, OH. The invitation-only camp brings together many of the nation’s top quarterbacks ranging from fifth to 12th grade. Mills’s performance offered a brief, exciting glimpse of his skills, but his ongoing league accolades truly speak volumes.
In five years with Mills at quarterback, the Peachtree Ridge Lions of the Gwinnett Football League have lost just one league game, a staggering achievement that bodes well for the future of these athletes when they make the jump to high school. Mills followed his 2011 season by playing in the seventh grade Eastbay All-American Bowl this past January. As a member of the East team, Mills led a late drive capped by a touchdown pass to preserve a 30-14 win.
Football will again not stop for Mills when the Lions’ 2012 season finishes. During a camp in May, he earned himself a spot on the eighth grade Atlanta FBU National Championship team, which is part of an exclusive postseason league for elite players.
With such focus on football for Mills, you might be surprised to learn he is just as skilled in other sports. As a shooting guard for the well known Atlanta Celtics, an AAU team, Mills has been a member of some tournament-winning teams and also won a middle school basketball championship.
On the baseball diamond, he transitions between shortstop and center field for a local traveling baseball team. As his father Steve told me, “He plays about 15-20 games a season with that team. It’s not like some baseball teams that play 100 or more in a season. Football is definitely number one for Davis. There are times when we cut back some on baseball or basketball, but football is always the first priority for him.”
Mills trains with NFA coach Adam Britt, who also is the quarterbacks coach for Archer High School in Lawrenceville, GA. The relationship is producing extremely positive results, and NFA considers Mills a “stud QB for the class of 2017.”