Roswell, Ga.--Former Virginia Tech commitment Malik Willis didn’t take long to pick a new college after de-committing from Virginia Tech.
On Friday the 6-2, 190-pound All-State quarterback, who led Roswell High to a Georgia state championship game earlier this month, announced he will play collegiately for the Auburn Tigers.
“It just felt like a family,” he told Inside the Auburn Tigers. "It was a family feel.
"It just felt like it was meant to me," Willis added. "They didn't have to talk to me because I was committed. I was an early enrollee and they were a little late, but they took a shot and the rest is history."
Being recruited by Auburn since his stellar performance in the state title game loss to Grayson when he completed 19-30 passes for 261 yards and a pair of touchdowns, Willis said the Tigers had a strong message for him and the interest they showed was a sign he should look at Gus Malzahn's program.
"I did it for my family," Willis said. "I felt like it was closer to home. I felt like I fit the system a little bit better. The opportunity to play quarterback was important as well."
Willis said that he plans to be an early enrollee at Auburn in January, which means he can go through winter workouts and spring football practice with the 2017 Tigers.
With 4.4 speed Willis has the size and skill to play a variety of positions, but noted that one of the reasons he picked Auburn is the opportunity to play quarterback at the same college where Cam Newton led Auburn to the 2010 national championship. He is rated as a three-star athlete by Scout.com.
"I'm pretty familiar with their offense," Willis said. "I also played on Cam Newton's all-star team. I always watched Auburn because he went to the same high school I did, when I went to Westlake. I was always watching Auburn."
Willis played on a seven-on-seven team that was sponsored by the NFL quarterback. As a senior he was named Class AAAAAAA Offensive Player of the Year by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Scout.com analyst Chad Simmons said, "Willis is a very exciting football player. As a quarterback he really improved his senior season. He is a better passer than many give him credit for and he is a threat to tuck the ball and run it from anywhere at any time.
"He has a great burst and is an elusive runner," Simmons added. "He still has to improve his mechanics and read his progressions better, but he is an exciting player who can make a big play at any time."