Willis Louisville's next big back?

Calloway County (KY) prospect Tyrrell Willis is attracting attention for his play on both sides of the ball. The All-State performer recently spoke with InsideTheVille.com about his offer from Louisville and interest in the Cards.

Of the 23 signees in the University of Louisville's 2009 football recruiting class, only two came from Kentucky, raiseing questions about the direction of the program's recruiting efforts.

If the early results of Louisville's in-state efforts in 2010 are an solid indicator, the questions concerning the Cardinals in-state recruiting efforts could decrease.

In Harris Bivin of Owensboro Apollo and Frankfort's Quan Weaver, Louisville has already received verbal commitments from two of Scout.com's Top 10 prospects in Kentucky and the Cardinals are working to position themselves for more of the state's top players.

Calloway County running back Tyrrell Willis is another member of the state's top ten that U of L is heavily pursuing. Louisville, along with Memphis, has extended a scholarship offer, while Alabama, Central Michigan, Cincinnati, Kentucky, Tennessee and Western Kentucky are expressing heavy interest in the 6‘1, 255-pound prospect.

"It's really exciting," Willis said of the interest. "It's pushing me to work even harder. I'm going to give it all I've got this season."

Tyrrell Willis is interested
in UofL.

And working hard, he is.

"I'm working at getting bigger and faster," Willis explained. "I get up at 5:00 a.m. and run three miles. I also do a lot of sprint work, do a lot of pushups and sit-ups and I lift weights when I can get in the weight room."

As a junior, Willis earned multiple All-State honors after recording 1,703 yards and 19 touchdowns on the ground and totaling an additional 10 touchdowns and 711 yards receiving. He also earned All-County honors for his performance on the defensive side of the ball from the linebacker position.

"Some schools see me as a running back, but some are looking at me to play defense," said Willis, who will play safety for Calloway County this fall. "I'd like to play running back, but I'll play wherever I'm needed."

Willis, who has visited Cincinnati, Tennessee and Western Kentucky, currently claims no favorites.

"I like them all," he said. "I like both of the schools that have offered. They are both really good schools, but Louisville is a program that is real good and they are looking at me as a running back."

Willis doesn't anticipate making his college choice soon, but left the possibility open for an early decision.

"I'm going to try to wait until my season is over, but you never know what could happen."

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