Willis Talks Early Interest

Indian Head, Md., native Malcolm Willis hasn't picked up his first offer yet, but the versatile athlete is hearing from a solid number of schools after camping at both Penn State and Maryland last summer. We talked to him about each of those programs and learned a bit more about what other schools have been in contact with him early in the process.

Malcolm Willis has starred at both quarterback and safety for Lackey High School, however when he hits college the 6-foot, 210-pound athlete will most likely make a life for himself in the defensive backfield. He is already receiving interest from some of the top programs on the east coast and filled us in this weekend on who he's hearing from most frequently.

"I camped at both Maryland and Penn State this summer," Williams stated. "Right now I hear from those two schools a lot and also talk to Virginia, Ohio State, Virginia Tech, Rutgers, Connecticut, Illinois and Clemson."

"Last summer was the second time I've camped at Penn State, so I'm already very familiar with the school," Williams explained. "I like all of the coaches there because they treat me right and had a nice time talking with Paul Posluszny when he was still there because he told me there was great camaraderie on the team. He also stressed that Penn State was both a great school for football and academics."

"I was also surprised how many players from Maryland were there already," Willis added. "When I got up there I was talking with my boys A.J. Wallace and J.B. Walton who went to my school and they both spoke very highly of Penn State and what they offered."

As for the home-state Terrapins…

"I actually went up there to work out as a quarterback because it was just before the season and I wanted to take care of my mechanics and some other little things that needed improvement," Willis said. "I love their weight training program and facilities at Maryland. Head Coach (Ralph) Friedgen is also a very good guy and I think it's a trip that he's always riding around on his cart. I have always been a Maryland fan, but my favorite player growing up was Peter Warrick, so I'm a Florida State fan too."

(For the Terps faithful, at least he didn't say Duke, right?)

As a junior, Willis registered 95 tackles, three interceptions and returned one pick for a touchdown. He was voted second-team All-County, honorable mention All-Conference and honorable mention All-Met at safety. Willis was also named first-team All-Area at quarterback.

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