Cerritos WR attracting Pac-10 attention

At 6-3 215 Mike Willie is easy for opponents to spot on the field, and the talents of this wide receiver haven't gone unnoticed around the Pac-10 conference either. The Sun Devils are one of the schools courting the Cerritos standout.

"Arizona State offered me towards the end of the season," said Mike Willie. "Coach Lubick has been recruiting me for a while. I've never been to the school or to the area but my boy ‘Quan (ASU corner LeQuan Lewis) is out there and he told me all about the school. So I'm going to check them out this weekend and see how I like it.

"It's a school that has the potential to be very good and playing in the Pac-10 against good teams every week is real cool."

Washington, Arizona and San Diego State have all offered Willie, who expects Cal and UCLA to follow suit soon. "My top three are Arizona State, Cal and USC and if they offer me," Willie noted, "but I'm open to a lot of schools. Arizona State will be my first visit, and when I come back from there I'll start lining up visits to Cal and Washington.

"I'm not going to make my decision before I take a few visits. I want to compare the different schools and how each of them is."

Willie said that proximity to home and a good education are some of the factors he will consider in his decision. "I want to go a good program which has a good quarterback and runs a good offense," he said. "Having a good quarterback is obviously important to a wide receiver."

In his sophomore year, the Sun Devil prospect paced the Falcons with 760 receiving yards, averaging 19.5 yards a catch. He also scored two touchdowns and was voted 2nd team All-Conference. The wide receiver reported a 40-yard time of 4.48.

Cerritos lost its regional playoff game against Palomar College and finished 9-2 in the 2009 season.

"I'm a strong receiver that can break tackles, and I have an advantage over smaller corners," Willie said of his skills. "but I can also move. I can play outside, in the slot, wherever the team needs me…I need to work on running quicker routes but I know that will come from coaching."

Willie is scheduled to graduate in the spring of 2010, and will have three years to play two.

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