Willie pays the valley another visit

Just 72 hours after he finished his official trip to Tempe, Mike Willie was back in the East Valley preparing for the Triumphant Sports JC All-American game Saturday at Chandler HS. Devils Digest caught up with ASU wide receiver prospect to get his thoughts about the Sun Devils.

"I had a good time on my visit," the 6-3 215 Mike Willie commented. "I was hosted by my boy Quan (ASU corner LeQuan Lewis). We both played for Cerritos last year. I really felt comfortable on that visit; I got to see the facilities, learned about the program and hung out with some other players. I was talking to the quarterback Steven Threet and he said I should come there so he has a target to throw to. Who knows? He can be my best friend.

"I really liked the coaches and felt that I had a bond with them right away. Coach Lubick who's recruiting me is real cool and the wide receivers Coach Yarber has coached some wide receivers in the NFL and said that if I worked hard I could play at that level."

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 because I'm quick. 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."

During his ASU visit Willie got to watch some game film and was intrigued by the possibilities that await him if he decides to don the maroon and gold.

"I think I would fit in real nice because I would have a good chance to start," Willie explained. "I'm going to work hard and with the right coaching I know I can be even better."

Washington, Arizona, San Diego State and Kentucky have all offered Willie, who expects Cal and UCLA to follow suit soon.

"Kentucky just offered me yesterday (Wednesday)," Willie mentioned. "So I'm going to visit there on January 10th. I'll have to see what other visits I'm going to take, but I'll probably go to Washington and Arizona. It's just kind of crazy now with all these schools recruiting me."

For the time being Willie is enjoying his time in Chandler and its surroundings and is honored to be part of the Triumphant Sports JC All-American game Saturday. "I really didn't think it would be this fun," the wide receiver admitted. "I'm actually going up against the third best JC corner in the country and I like that. It will show me where I'm at and what I need to work on. So we'll go at it.

"I like it over here (in the East valley). I can get used to it. I might just commit to A-State because I like it out here. My top three are Arizona State, Cal and the third one is up to my mom (laughs), I got to leave one school up to her. 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 in a previous interview 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."

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


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