Airyn Willis Nearing End of Senior Season

Airyn Willis, High Point, NC (Southwest Guilford HS), committed to Georgia Tech back in April. Of the current 14 Tech commits, Willis makes up one of the 4 of the contingent from the state of North Carolina – not a traditional recruiting ground for the Jackets. Things have settled down for Airyn since committing and he's trying to lead his team to a winning season while preparing for college.

Airyn Willis and teammates are now 5-5 on the season, and working to get over the hump to be a .500 team. Airyn has been disappointed with the season's results so far. In the triple option attack, he's personally rushed for nine touchdowns on the season and says he has another one or two touchdowns through the air.

On the recruiting trail, things really mellowed after he committed to the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets. "I'm only getting calls (now) from Georgia Tech," said Willis. "All of the other schools left me alone for the most part."

Now he just keeps up with the Tech coaches in the form of weekly phone calls with Coach Todd Spence. "He's very energetic," said Willis about his recruiting coach.

When asked if he's doing any recruiting of his own, Airyn indicated that he successfully completed that task already. "Well, they've all joined me – all of the North Carolina boys." Willis' commitment to Tech was followed by three others from his home state: Vad Lee, Tremayne McNair, and Domonique Noble. The one thing left for Willis is to continue the process with a teammate of his, Brandon Banks, who he says he's trying to woo to Georgia Tech next year. Banks is a junior now and Willis says, "He's a D-1 recruit."

On his chances of early playing time, Willis said, "I have no idea. I'm pretty sure I'll get redshirted." Though he did later note the big early role for 2010 Tech freshman Isaiah Johnson.

Next steps for Willis are to set up an official visit – which has not been arranged as of yet – and to get through with high school graduation. "I was going to graduate early but I just now decided to stay for my whole senior year," said Willis.

Airyn has set his sights on #2 as a jersey number for next season since Mario Butler is graduating.

Willis didn't seem to be much of one to get overly into the Halloween spirit but when pressed for a costume choice if he had to, he went with another popular athlete. "I don't know," said Willis. "I'd go as Tiger Woods. I'd get a Nike hat. I'd probably just thrown on some khakis or some jeans… and put on the Tiger Woods hat."


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