Holy Cross' Willis added to LSU signing class

A strong senior season from Holy Cross linebacker Ryan Willis caught the attention of college coaches, and LSU was the school fortunate enough to secure a commitment from him.

Vital Data: Willis (6-4, 250) has been tapped the sleeper of LSU's 2002 class, and he might have earned the label after laying out a few opponents horizontal during his senior year. The three-year starter for coach Scott Bairnsfather led the Holy Cross Tigers with 71 solo tackles and 41 assists. His numbers also included five sacks, three interceptions and two forced fumbles.


Tiger Rag's take: There's a good chance Willis will be transitioned from linebacker, where he played in high school, to weakside defensive end for the Tigers. He has good athletic ability and should compete well no matter where he's asked to play. Chances are he will take a redshirt while making adjusting to the college game.


The Scoop: Bairnsfather knew he had to get Willis on the field somehow in his sophomore year. Despite being a 5-foot-10, 190-pounder, the coach put him at middle linebacker where he knew he could make the most plays. Even after he sprouted to 6-4, 240 for his senior year, Willis stayed at linebacker where he plagued opposing running backs throughout the season.

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