CUTigers.com was on hand to watch Byrnes's 38-12 over Pahokee High (Fla.). Afterwards, we caught up with junior defense tackle Brandon Willis to get the latest on his top schools in the recruiting process, as well as his performance in the big victory:
Willis: Man we had a game plan and everybody executed. We had a couple of missed plays but we got it back. Everybody went hard. We practiced hard this week, put in a good game plan and we won.
How did the defense respond so well after giving up a touchdown on a fluke play?
Willis: It was just sudden change. You have to play every play and get back. Things are going to happen like that. We all talked it over on the sideline.
How will these impressive wins against national teams help when you get to the playoffs?
Willis: We play a lot of out of state teams because we are good, but we won't to see how good we really are. Florida has good teams like the team we just played. They have good speed and we want to test our abilities. We keep going.
Did you enjoy your visit to Clemson last weekend?
Willis: It was pretty good. I saw a lot of the past Byrnes players. I got to see coach Napier and I got to see coach Rumph. I really liked it. It was pretty good. They lost but it was a good trip.
What did you think of the atmosphere?
Willis: Clemson is always crazy. Win or lose the fans love it.
Did you get a chance to talk to some of the Clemson players here tonight?
Willis: Yeah I did. They just came to show us support. It was a big home game so all the players came back and brought some friends with them. It was good.
Do you have any plans to go to some other college campuses the next few weeks?
Willis: Tomorrow I will be at North Carolina. They play Connecticut. The next weekend I will be at Tennessee and Georgia.
Are you still planning to wait until your senior year to make a decision?
Willis: Yeah, right now it is like that.
Do you have a top five or anything like that?
Willis: Top three I have Florida State, Georgia and Clemson.