Willie Bohannon, a 6-2, 218-pound defensive end at Blount High School, showed lots of quickness and plenty of hustle at the event in Atlanta earlier this month.
After receiving a very early scholarship offer from Alabama, he is still waiting to see if one will come from Auburn. He has picked up a second SEC offer from Kentucky and another one from Louisiana-LaFayette.
"Recruiting is going pretty good for me," Bohannon says. "A lot of schools are saying they want to offer me, but they haven't offered me yet. Alabama offered me early and quick. I showed them my highlight film and like two weeks later they offered me."
After making 55 tackles with 17 sacks as a junior, Bohannon is expected to be one of the better high school senior players in the state this fall, which will be his fourth year as a varsity starter at end. "
Bohannon, who notes that he is working on getting bigger prior to his senior year, is undersized for a college defensive end. However, he notes that he is growing. "I am gaining weight this year," he says. "I am not sure how big I am going to get."
If he does continue to grow, that will likely lead to more recruiting attention from Auburn, which has been going for bigger defensive ends in recent seasons. Commenting on the Tigers, Bohannon says, "I have a new-found interest in Auburn because they are hiring DeMarco McNeil," he says. McNeill, a former Auburn defensive tackle and a high school standout at Blount, has taken an administrative position on the AU coaching staff.
As a senior Bohannon says his goal is to take care of business both on and off the field. He notes that in the classroom he has a 2.65 grade point average to go with a 21 on the ACT. On the field, Bohannon points out that he was All-State as a junior and is looking forward to more success this fall, particularly a team standpoint.
"We should be way better," Bohannon says of the Blount High team coached by Ben Harris, who has put together some powerhouse squads, including state championship teams led by former Auburn star quarterback Dameyune Craig. "We have more team unity than we have had in the past," Bohannon says. "We have had different people getting attitudes all of the time and that messed us up. This year that has changed. Everybody wants to win."