19 Players in 19 Days: Kevin Willis

The tenth in our series covering the 19 commitments for the Ball State Football Class of 2014.

One key measuring stick for any program is how well the coaching staff can recruit the top players within its home state. For Ball State, signing 6 of the top 30 players in Indiana is a major step forward, included in that group is Kevin Willis a DT/OG from Indianapolis Lawrence Central.

Willis was maybe the top recruit from Indiana that Ball State was able to pull in. Valued by most recruiting services as a solid 3-star recruit, Willis chose the Cardinals over Indiana as well as several Mid-American Conference schools..

Willis is a rare talent that has major skills on either side of the ball. The Cardinal coaching staff recruited Willis as a DT and are extremely high on him in this capacity, which is amazing considering the fact that most services had him rated highly as a offensive lineman, a position he also excels at.

Despite playing limited snaps on the defensive side of the ball, Willis was a hit on the camp circuit on defense and was one of the top stars at Ball State's camp last summer.

Strengths:At 6-3 280, Willis comes to college with good size and strength, he is quicker than you expect and has great footwork in limited film on defense. The Ball State coaches spoke glowingly about Willis' ability to use his hands and his quick get-off as major attributes that set him apart from most other defensive linemen they had in camp..

What to Work On: With limited game time on the defensive line, Willis will have a steep learning curve before he can truly be effective, but given his size and natural skill set, he should be able to work through the nuisances of the position very quickly.

What to Expect This Coming Season: With limited depth up front for Ball State on the defensive side of the ball, I could see Willis playing right away if he comes in ready to perform. He has the talent to play right away in a reserve capacity..

Tomorrow's player: Dedrick Cromartie.


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