Willingham keeping options open

The middle of January is certainly a busy time for many recruits, but you would be hard pressed to find anyone more engaged in the process than Denver Mullen linebacker Leilon Willingham.

The 6-2 235 Leilon Willingham has been one of more of the more coveted 2011 prospects in Pac-12 country. He started the process early on with a visit to Arizona State back on September 24th and continued with a visit to Washington on October 29th.

It was believed back then that the Denver Mullen linebacker could well decide fairly early between these two conference foes, but Willingham surprised everyone when he decided to commit to Texas A&M at the end of December – a school that he has yet to visit.

Willingham stated that he his relationship with Aggies LB's coach Dat Nguyen and his desire to play in a "big-time" conference guided his decision. The Linebacker will still visit College Station this weekend, but that trip to what is seemingly the school of his choice is scheduled to be sandwiched between two other official visits.

"I visited Colorado last weekend," Willingham said. "I really liked the visit and got to see a lot of stuff I didn't see there before. They are right now one of my favorites. I'm planning to visit UCF on the 28th. I'm still committed to A&M and I don't know if me visiting them seals the deal because I still have a visit after that."

Willingham has entertained the ASU coaches in his home twice this month, including tonight and sounded like he still had the Sun Devils high on his list.

"Arizona State gives me the feeling that I'm wanted there no needed and that am what I'm looking for in a school," Willingham explained. "I want to go somewhere where I can see myself fitting for the next four years and all the schools I'm looking at offer that."

For the third straight season the Mustangs captured the 5A Colorado State Championship with a 14-0 record. Willingham led his team in total tackles with 52. The ASU coaches would like him to be the heirs apparent to Vontaze Burfict at MIKE linebacker.

"They see me as someone who can cover sideline to sideline and be a big hitter," Willingham said. "My teammate Junior (Onyeali) did very well his freshman year and was voted to Pac-10 defensive freshman of the year so that is appealing to me knowing I have a chance to succeed there like he did."

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