Newtown (CT) OL Seth Willis explains why he was so steadfast in his commitment to BYU

Once he committed to BYU he never wavered. From the Newtown High School (CT), 6-6, 315-pound Seth Willis recently visited BYU for an official visit. Today he signed his National Letter of Intent so he could wear the white and blue of BYU.

Last weekend BYU officially hosted a large group of recruits in what is typically the largest official visit weekend of the year. It’s the weekend before signing day and among the many prospects taking in the sights and activities of BYU was big Seth Willis.  

“Man the official visit was awesome!” recalled Willis. “We had a lot of fun snowmobiling and then we went to Topgolf too! It was a lot of fun being out there. It was really cool!”

He was one of many BYU commits and recruits on their official visits.

“There was me, Langi Tuifua, Paula Finau, Aldon Tofa, Keenan Ellis, Tariq Buchanan, Bentley Hanshaw, Isaac Rex, Brandon Smith, and Chaz Ah You. I’m sure there were more but those are the ones that I can remember.”

Many of those on the official recruiting trip will be attending BYU. For Willis, the thought of being around guys he would play with was an exciting situation to be in.

“It was awesome being around those guys,” said Willis. “Knowing that I’ll be playing with a lot of those guys and hanging out with them was super cool. I got along with all those guys and it was just a great group to be around.”

The most exciting thing about his visit to BYU wasn’t the fun in the snow on snowmobiles or fun at Topgolf, which seems to be a new spot to take recruits in Salt Lake City. No, the highlight of Willis’ BYU trip was food.

“The highlight for me was probably the food and everything we ate,” said Willis with a laugh. “That’s just the big boy in me. They fed us so much food and it was so good. We went to Ruby River in Provo and then to Tucano’s. They fed us the goods!”

Willis had two hosts accompany him and fellow offensive lineman Paula Finau. Willis and Finau where the only two offensive lineman on campus at that time and both got to know each other really well.

“I was hanging out with Austin Chambers and Kieffer Longson,” said Willis. “They were both O-linemen and we hung out at night. It was a lot of fun. There was me and Paula Finau from Hawaii and he committed to BYU. He’s a big dog and he’s super funny. I never hung out with Polynesians before, but there’s a lot of them there at BYU. It was super cool. They like to eat so I think I’ll fit in well. It’s a lot of fun.”

Although Willis committed to BYU last summer following a BYU summer camp, he’s always held the reason why he committed close to his heart. Never once did he waver in his decision.

“Well, the reason why I want to sign with BYU is because there’s no place like BYU,” said Willis. “I told myself that when I start getting offers and I feel it’s time to commit I’m not going to sway my decision or anything. At BYU I saw how cool it was there. I saw how cool the atmosphere was there and how cool the players on the team are. Everyone is just awesome there.”


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