Willis enjoys trip to Lincoln

Priest Willis home from Arizona. Come inside as he talks with Big Red Report.

LINCOLN, Neb. - Arizona five-star 2013 defensive back Priest Willis is home from an official visit to Nebraska over the weekend. The senior corner watched the Huskers take on Michigan in a prime-time affair in Lincoln.

"It was fun. It was pretty much what I expected. I expected a good game. Everybody knew me, so it was a great experience," said the nation's No. 3 cornerback, who constantly heard his named yelled by Husker fans.

"I would say the visit was an "8." Walking through the tunnel during the tunnel walk...I have never been in a college football atmosphere as crazy as that."

An Under Armour All-American, this was the second time Willis has seen Nebraska play, the first coming at the Rose Bowl, during a loss to UCLA in the non-conference portion of Nebraska's schedule.

"I could see myself in their secondary," said Willis. "I could see myself in any secondary with a coach who has experience and wants to work with me. I'm a student of the game."

During his visit, Willis was hosted by fellow Arizona native Avery Moss, who recently has season ending shoulder surgery. He also hung out with fellow recruits and Nebraska commitments: Jonathan Cook (DB commitment from Alabama), Josh Banderas (LB commitment from Nebraska), and Demorea Stringfellow (WR offeree from California).

"They weren't even really recruiting me. We were just hanging out having a good time. We weren't even talking football. It was really refreshing," said Willis, who did talk X's and O's with the coaching staff.

"They were basically telling me the same thing they have been before. They were talking about the schemes and how I would fit in at Nebraska. Nothing really out of the ordinary."

Willis, who is a major social media user, told followers on Twitter he "literally packed cargos tank tops and ankle socks," in preperation for his visit this weekend. The problem was temperatures were in the 30s and 40s most of the day Saturday, with even colder wind chills.

"I don't know what I was thinking. I didn't think it was going to be that cold," said a laughing Willis. "I live in Arizona. We don't make it past 45."

Willis found a coat on Saturday night. He also toughed out the temperatures to see a pretty solid contest.

"I'm going to have to get used to the weather anyways. If God blesses you to play at the level, your going to have to play in it," said the five-star, when asked if the temps bothered him. "You have to get used to it somehow."

His lasting message to Nebraska fans who follow him on Twitter read like this Sunday afternoon: "Leaving Nebraska, had a great time, fans were awesome, thank you for having me, continue to follow me Blackshirt nation."

While he established himself as a lock-down cornerback at 6-foot-2, 190-pounds, Willis has the frame to continue to grow and possibly play safety at the next level.

Josh Harvey has covered college football and recruiting for Fox Sports & Scout.com since 2008. He is now the Publisher of Big Red Report, covering Nebraska athletics.
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