Tyrell Mims: Cornerback

High School: Martin Luther King Golden Cougars (Philadelphia, PA)

College: Villanova

Height: 5’10”

Weight: 170lbs


In 2019:

  • 35 Tackles
  • 2 Defensive Touchdowns
  • 5 Interceptions
  • 2 Forced Fumbles
  • 2 Fumble Recoveries
  • 5A Public League MVP
  • Mini Maxwell Winner


Tyrell Mims has been a dominant force on the defensive side of the ball in the Public League and Pennsylvania for the last few years. Being a shutdown corner, Mims was the MVP for the 5A Public League this past season. Tyrell committed to staying local and attending Villanova University, which also has the likes of several other big commits in the area in Dapree Bryant and Ricky Ortega. Mims announced the commitment on his birthday a few days ago and will likely be a big piece for the Wildcats in the future.

Tyrell Mims talked with The Painted Lines about his time at MLK and what he hopes to prove while at Villanova.

What has been your favorite moment at MLK?

My favorite moment was when I earned a spot in the starting lineup my sophomore year and caught my first interception in the first game of the season.

What led you to choose Villanova?

I chose Nova for various reasons. We have built a strong relationship during the recruitment process since the middle of my junior year. Also, the scholarship I received had to be earned, and that was in the classroom and also at their prospect camp. 

Who do you thank most for your success?

I thank my mother, Rasheedah Mims, the most for my success. Being a single mother is hard, and doing what she did and still does for me is amazing.

What are your goals for Villanova?

My goals at Nova are to come out with my Masters Degree and excel playing football to hopefully play at the next stage in the pros.

What do you look to bring to the next level?

At the next level, I will be bringing my same game, but playing at a faster, stronger, and smarter pace. Elevating my game!

What are your hobbies outside of football?

Outside of football, I like doing artistic things, such as drawing, painting, and sculpting. Also, I’m heavy on the video games.

Do you have any messages for your coaches from either your past or your future?

A message I would give to my future coaches is “Coach, I’m riding with you. I want to get better, so let’s work!”

Cornerback is arguably one of the hardest and most athletic positions on the field, what do you do to help better yourself at corner?

To help better myself at corner, I train with guys who have played or currently play the position at a higher level than me. Sometimes I will try to mimic them, knowing that they have gone in the right path and are good at what they do.

Are there any players that you model your game after? 

I model my game after NFL corner Jalen Ramsey. He calls himself 2.0, and that where the 1.0 came from lol.