With more than 20 scholarship offers, Willis, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound safety prospect, has already caught the attention of schools from coast-to-coast, from USC to Florida State.
On Friday, the reigning SEC Champions joined the race by extending a scholarship.
"My stepdad pulled me out of class last Friday and said the LSU coaches wanted to talk to me," Willis said. "I got on the phone not really expecting anything. Then they said that I had an offer. They watched my film and loved what they saw.
"I was really excited. LSU is a school I was really hoping to hear from."
Willis said distance was brought up in conversation with the staff, which the Wisconsin native ensured wouldn't be a deciding factor come next February.
"I have family everywhere, and I feel comfortable going anywhere," Willis said. "I was born in Wisconsin and raised in Arizona, but most of my family lives in Alabama, Wisconsin and Florida.
"The coaches wondered if I would come out of state, and I said my options were open."
Willis pointed to defensive backs like Morris Claiborne as the reason he is so interested in the Tigers this early on in his recruitment process.
"(Claiborne) is the top defensive back going into the NFL Draft right now," Willis said. "That says a lot. I like how aggressive the defense is and how successful they are with defensive backs right now."
A couple of days before Willis was offered, LSU defensive backs coach Ron Cooper took a job with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, leaving the Tigers searching for a new assistant a week prior to the start of spring camp.
What does the coaching change mean to Willis?
"I don't see that it would effect me at all," Willis said. "I heard about it, because you have to be aware of everything. But that won't change anything for me."
With no decision date in mind, Willis said he plans to take a trip to LSU for camp in the summer or for an official visit in the fall.