Tigers Closing in on Willis

Two way star Tony Willis, who is one of the top linemen in Virginia, has the Clemson Tigers as his clear leader, and he may be joining the Tiger's commitment list very soon. CUTigers.com caught up with the outstanding lineman from Highland Springs, and we've got the latest on his recent visit to Clemson and his thoughts on the Tigers.

OL Tony Willis
Highland Springs High School
Highland Springs, Virginia

Willis currently has offers from Clemson and Akron but expects other offers to come as he is receiving significant interest from Tennessee, North Carolina State, Ohio State, Michigan State, North Carolina and Virginia. The two way star, who plays offensive tackle and defensive tackle for Highland Springs High School, is being recruited as an offensive tackle for the Tigers.

The 6-6, 300 pound prospect, who runs a very impressive 5.0 forty, visited Clemson on an unofficial visit a few weeks ago and came away very impressed. "I felt Clemson had a great academic setup. I really liked the environment. I thought it was a place I could grow as a player and as an individual."

Academics are very important to the powerful lineman, and he is very impressed with what Clemson has to offer. "I sent off to get book about the academics. I saw the major I liked. Clemson has a lot to offer. They have tutors available for the players and they have Victory Hall. I can get help at any time if I need it." Willis would like to major in computer programming.

Coach West is recruiting Willis for the Tigers and he has made quite an impression on the prize recruit. "Clemson has shown a great deal of interest. Some teams just send letters. I've even some schools send the same letters to different players. Clemson sends hand written letters that are personalized.

What are the strengths of this prize recruit? "Rush blocking. I'm an aggressive run blocker. I also have great footwork." Willis plans to work hard his senior season to get even better. "I want to get my legs stronger. I will also work on picking up the blitz."

How would his parents feel if he decides to attend Clemson? "My parents are for it. They don't mind that it is far away because they just want me to be happy wherever I am."

We will keep you updated on this outstanding prospect from Virginia, right up through signing day 2004.

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