Football: Horizon’s Mills heading to Dakota State

Steve Smith
ssmith@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 2/3/22

Two main factors went into the college decision-making process of Horizon’s Tanner Mills.

“I chose Dakota State (in Madison, South Dakota) based off the competitive atmosphere and the …

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Football: Horizon’s Mills heading to Dakota State

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Two main factors went into the college decision-making process of Horizon’s Tanner Mills.

“I chose Dakota State (in Madison, South Dakota) based off the competitive atmosphere and the overall family feel that I felt when I stepped on campus,” he said. “I was able to take a visit and meet with every coach one on one as well as interact with my new teammates.”

Mills recorded 33 total tackles for a Hawks’ team that finished 3-7 last season. Sixteen of those tackles were solo efforts. He also recorded two sacks in nine games.

“I had multiple (NCAA Division) 2 and D-3 schools interested and many had offered. But in the end, Dakota State felt like home to me,” he said. 

Mills plans to study business management with an eye on real estate or leading a business “to do amazing things.”

Recruiting is a stressful project at best.

“Recruiting during a pandemic was definitely different,” he said. “My junior year, it was all virtual tours, and you could only do football camps outside. So, you weren’t able to see the facilities.”

Things changed as the pandemic eased.

 “But my senior year, everything started to open back up and we were able to see facilities,” Mills said. “I feel that is a big resource for incoming athletes to see, because a facility can be a difference-maker.”

Mills is ready for the next step.

“I am excited for the next four years of my life with football, and I am also excited for what my future has in store for me,” he said.

Horizon High School, Horizon High School football, Tanner Mills, Dakota State University, Madison, South Dakota

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