Name: Priest Willis
School: Tempe (Az.) Marcos de Niza
Position: Defensive Back
Size: 6-2 200
Recruiting: 5-star prospect that has narrowed list to 16 schools
Stats: 33 tackles, 1 sack and 4 PBUs for 4-0 Padres
Game: 21-7 win over Gilbert Perry on 9/13
Game Stats: 18 tackles, 1 sack
Last season Willis played corner and was a 1st team all-section pick. This season he has moved to safety and looks equally as good. He has proven that he can play any position in the secondary and this is one of the reasons that he is being so heavily recruited.
All of the measurables are there. Willis is 6-2 and weighs at least 200 pounds. He has been timed at 4.4 in the forty and has the looks of a physical freak.
Willis has the speed of a corner and the size of a safety. He is very physical in the run game and is a very good open field tackler.
So what position will he play in college? If he is 200 pounds now, he is not going to get smaller, which makes me feel he will end up being a safety. But that doesn't mean he can't play corner; he could end up being a great corner down on the goalline. I think Willis is the type of player that any college defensive coordinator could build his secondary around, disguise coverages, use him in the box, do multiple things with him.
Willis is even big enough to possibly bulk up into an outside linebacker, but I know he does not want to do this at the next level.
In this day and age of no-huddle offenses and multiple sets, Willis is the kind of the player that would never have to leave the field because of his versatile skill set.
The bottomline is, Willis not only passes the eyeball test but his play backs it up. Get him on campus and find a spot for him.
Scout's Take: Priest Willis
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