Willis About to Narrow the Field

Duncan (SC) Byrnes High School is home to many major division one prospects every recruiting season. This is no different and among the very best is defensive lineman Brandon Willis. Willis is spending his summers traveling around to different schools and is just about ready to narrow those schools down to a final five.

Brandon Willis is one of the most sought after big men in the southeast this year. His tour of schools includes some of the heavyweights in college football. His last visit was one to Rocky Top to camp with the Volunteers.

"Two weeks ago I was at Tennessee, Corey Miller and I did two sessions of the lineman camp there," Willis said. "I learned a lot from Coach Orgeron and Monte Kiffin about my technique. They liked that I have a big motor and come off the ball and had good technique. They like my drive off the ball."

At 6-4, and 255 pounds, Willis is right on the cusp of playing inside or outside on the defensive line. He doesn't have a preference right now, but believes schools will play him on the outside.

"I think I will be a defensive end, but it doesn't matter to me, whatever the need is when I get (to college)," he said. "Tennessee was telling me defensive end."

He finished off a strong year in the classroom and has at least two more camps he knows he is going to attend before the summer is out.

"I go down to North Carolina and see Coach John Blake this Thursday," he said. "I am doing Showtime at Florida State. I am trying to get to Florida, but their camp (Friday Night Lights) usually falls on the same weekend so I don't know if I can make it."

The Byrnes program is one of the best in the entire nation and the football is followed religiously at the school. Willis says they are serious this summer as they always are.

"We workout every day doing weight lifting every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and speed on Tuesday and Thursday," he said. "Football is all year around at Byrnes. We work out from 8-10 in the morning every day and then maybe some film work after that.

That winning attitude and seriousness about football is what him still interested in the Florida Gators.

"I haven't talked to Florida lately, we have played phone tag a lot," he said. "I like Florida and Gainesville when I visited down there. It seems like they are a place like I come from here. They are winners and they just know how to win. I want to go to a place that is producing great athletes and I know they do that."

Next week he plans on narrowing the field to five schools. Scout.com will be there to cover when he announces the list.


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