Willis picks up Michigan State offer

Spartans pull the trigger and offer the Jackson (Mich.) Lumen Christi two-sport standout. He talks about getting the offer, schools he is hearing from and the basketball season the Titans are having so far.

Michigan State pulled the trigger on an in-state two-sport standout Thursday.

Jackson Lumen Christi athlete Khari Willis, who doubles as a point guard for the Titans, received the offer from the Spartans when he talked with Mark Dantonio.

"He said they think I'm a good character kid and have good grades," Willis said. "From what he's heard, a good character person and an explosive athlete."

Willis said it was exciting to get his first Big Ten offer – he already had one from Central Michigan – especially since it came from one of the schools for which he grew up cheering.

"I was pretty pumped about that," he said. "I grew up a fan of just Michigan sports. The University of Michigan and Michigan State, so it just makes it special."

He said Spartans coach Brad Salem was down to see him in basketball practice Monday.

"He couldn't say too much," the 6-foot, 187-pound junior said, "but he said I looked good and to keep up the good work."

The offer is as an athlete, as Willis plays running back on offense and linebacker on defense.

He also has the option to play basketball and football in East Lansing, while holding basketball offers from Detroit, Dayton, Oakland and Kent State.

"(Dantonio) said the basketball team wants me, too," Willis said. "It's something I'm looking into and something I've gotta take into consideration."

After reaching the state quarterfinals on the court last season, Lumen Christi is looking to advance beyond that this year and is off to an 11-0 start and No. 1 ranking in Class B.

"It's going pretty good, "he said. "I definitely think we have a shot to go farther this year."

Willis was visited by Central Michigan and Buffalo on Thursday. He also has been receiving mail from Ohio State, Notre Dame and Northwestern.

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