Willis Gets Full Package at Tennessee

Scout.com was on the scene in full force for the Army All American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas. From the entire week, there has been plenty of coverage. Today, we feature defensive back Brandon Willis from Byrnes High School in South Carolina. He made his college choice on Saturday afternoon.

For high profile recruits, making a decision on where to attend college can be a bit nerve wreaking. Many times there are more than 20 scholarship offers to choose from. That is the dilemma that Byrnes (SC) defensive tackle Brandon Willis was faced with.

But Saturday at the US Army All American game, Willis was ready to choose.

"I committed to Tennessee. I just felt comfortable when dealing with the coaches and facilities," Willis said. "For me, Tennessee was one big package."

The 6-foot-4, 250-pound Willis made the Vols his destination over other options including UCLA and North Carolina, the other two of his Top 3.

For Willis, the coaching staff and idea of a program destined for great things was key in pulling him to Knoxville. 

"The coaching staff is bar none," Willis said. "Also, this is a program that is on the rise. I did not want to be somewhere that is already hitting on all cylinders. I wanted to be part of something new and try to make to something big happen."

And he will get his chance. 

At least that is what he heard from the man in charge at Tennessee, coach Lane Kiffen. For Willis, the straightforwardness of Kiffen was major in his commitment.

"He (Kiffen) was so real with me. He did not guarantee me anything," Willis said. "He just told me that he wanted me to come in and play hard for him. Really that's all he could ask for and I respect that. 

"The coaches who guarantee things to athletes (anything) are just lying to you because you never know how you will play on the next level. I wanted find a coach who was real and I found it."

Willis said that he will likely line up at the defensive end position for Tennessee. In his final season at Byrnes he had 127 tackles (20 for loss) and13 sacks.


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