Juco DE Mims headed to South Florida


Junior college defensive end Tevin Mims (Corsicana, Texas/Navarro College) is ready for FBS play once again.

Mims, a 6-foot-4, 245-pound end who signed with Texas out of high school, has signed to play with South Florida after a year at Navarro. Mims collected 19 tackles and 3.5 sacks and helped the Bulldogs to a 10-2 record, a No. 5 ranking in the final NJCAA poll and a victory in the Heart Of Texas Bowl on Dec. 3 in Copperas Cove, Texas.

Coming out of Stony Point High School (Round Rock, Texas), Mims was considered one of the nation’s top defensive ends and most respected defensive players. Mims signed with the Longhorns in 2009 but left the program last year. He said his time at Navarro has allowed him to grow as a player and as a person.

“[I learned] not to take things for granted,” Mims said. “I’m very blessed to be in the position I am in, and I am going to make the most out of my opportunity.”

Mims was recruited to South Florida by defensive tackles coach Kevin Patrick and chose the Bulls over offers from Arizona, Arizona State, Texas State and Memphis. As a senior at Stony Point, Mims was a quarterback’s nightmare, using his 4.7 speed to record 54 tackles, 14 sacks and 13 quarterback hurries.

He hopes to be just as effective in the Big East Conference, wearing a South Florida uniform.

“It feels great to be a part of the program,” Mims said. “I just felt like I fit in the best there.”