Ohio Junior Shines In Scrimmage Action

Defending Ohio Division-I state champion Cleveland St. Ignatius traveled to Canton McKinley last Friday in scrimmage action. Although both teams have plenty of well-known talent, unsung junior athlete Dameon Willis impressed.

Cleveland St. Ignatius junior athlete Dameon Willis might not have been the biggest name prospect on the field during last Friday's scrimmage with Canton McKinley, but he certainly turned heads with his performance.

Willis, 6-foot-1, 210-pounds, played both sides of the ball, at fullback and safety. He showed good speed and played extremely physical. Willis probably projects as a linebacker at the next level.

"It was a good feeling getting our here against Canton McKinley, especially after only playing with the junior varsity last year," Willis stated. "I like playing both ways, but I'd rather hit people than be hit, so I prefer defense. I will do anything the coaches need from me, so playing both ways is fine with me."

"I play safety here, but it's more of a hybrid position, where I play in the box a lot," he added. "On offense, I'm the biggest back so I play fullback, but I also get to run the football from the tailback spot."

Although not a household name yet in recruiting circles, Willis does have aspirations of playing college football.

"Not too many schools know much about me yet," he admitted. "I did go to the Nike Combine in Columbus last summer and I thought I did very well."

"My favorite school is Michigan," he continued. "I also like Michigan State a lot, and those are my two favorite schools. I'm interested in any school that's interested in me, especially if it gets me a free education."

EVALUATION: Willis is a prospect to watch in Ohio for the class of 2014. He plays in a great high school program, so he is going to receive great coaching. Willis is a run-and-hit athlete right now, and it will be interesting to track his progress as he gains varsity experience. He has an impressive combination of size and speed, and is definitely not shy about hitting people.

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