UK Looking at In-State Prospect

Imagine a 6'1, 255-lb running back coming at you. That is what Calloway County (Ky.) opponents had to deal with last year. Their big back Tyrrell Willis is one of the state's top returning players and is hearing from a number of schools, including the Kentucky Wildcats.

He may seem like a big bruiser who will grind out yards, but do not underestimate Tyrrell Willis' speed.

The 6'1, 255-lb running back from Calloway County (Ky.) broke enough long runs to roll up 1,703 yards and 19 touchdowns last season. He also caught 10 touchdowns and finished with 711 receiving yards last season, good enough to earn him All-State honors.

That outstanding season also earned him recognition from colleges. Willis currently holds two offers, Memphis and Louisville and has a host of schools looking at him. Willis returned the favor by taking several visits this summer to check out some of those schools.

"I've been to Tennessee, Cincinnati, Western Kentucky and I believe that's it," he reported.

One school who has not offered, but has shown interest is Kentucky. Willis had plans to make it to Lexington, but those were de-railed.

"I was going to go to their camp, but I didn't get a chance to because my coach said he wasn't going be able to go down there with me at the time."

Willis is unsure if he will reschedule those plans, but he has been in contact with the Wildcats who have other plans for the high school running back.

"They want to put me at defensive tackle or defensive end," Willis says, and while that is not his preference, he says he would be open to a switch, "I think I'd rather stick to offense, but I'm a team player. I'll play anywhere the team needs me."

As a junior, Willis did play linebacker and played it well enough to make All-Conference at that spot. The Wildcats are not the only school looking to move him over to defense though.

"Tennessee is looking at me as a defensive tackle. At Cincinnati, they are looking at me as a linebacker, so I guess there are a few colleges that want me to be a defensive player. I don't' have a problem with that. It has been great to be able to attend colleges and camps and let them know that I can play football."

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