OL Tony Willis
Highland Springs High School
Highland Springs, Virginia
The Stats: Virginia native Tony Willis, who was recruited to Clemson by defensive coordinator John Lovett, committed to the Tigers in the summer of 2003 over N.C. State, Akron, and Virginia. Willis anchored an offensive line that set a school record with 3611 yards rushing, including 9.7 yards per carry during the regular season. He was also selected to play in Virginia State All-Star Game and led his high school team to three consecutive playoff appearances.
Strength: Willis will come to Clemson with outstanding size. At 6-feet-6 inches tall, and over 320 pounds, he'll be a well-respected freshman as soon as he steps foot on campus. The Tigers recruited him hard early in the process, and that paid off in a solid verbal commitment that never seemed to waver.
Why Clemson? "I felt like Clemson had a great academic setup," said Willis. "I really like the environment down there too. I think it's a place I could grow as a player and as an individual. My parents really like it a lot too. They don't mind that it's far away because they just want me to be happy wherever I am. My dad thought it was a great decision. He understood all along that was where I wanted to go, and he was all for it."
Interesting Tidbit: Tony was named to the first-team All-Metro squad by the Richmond Times Dispatch in 2003 and was also named as a second-team all-state guard by the Associated Press and the Virginia High School Coaches Association.
HS Coach Says: "Tony, at 6-feet-6 inches tall, and 325 pounds is a great athlete," said Highland Springs' head coach Scott Burton. "He has all the physical tools: he has good hands, his hands are always in the right place. Clemson did well to get in on him early and I think he will end up being a great lineman for them. I think it was good that he also didn't have to go through the entire recruiting process because Clemson got him so early."
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