On Saturday, the Jackson Lumen Christi athlete made his commitment to Michigan State, something he said had been in the works for a while but had one factor left to seal the deal.
"It was a build up over time, I just wanted to get my mom up there," he said. "It was getting my mom up there to see it and that was about it."
It worked out where his mom liked what she saw and he decided it was time to pull the trigger and commit. So Willis, who took part in Saturday's one-day camp, walked over to head coach Mark Dantonio and let him know the news.
"I just told him I'll be all yours and I was in," Willis said. "He said good then we talked throughout camp and stuff like that about football and what it would take for me up there to actually play and not just be up there. He talked to me a lot and everything was all good."
He pointed to the coaches and the environment around the program as being key to landing his commitment.
"The coaches and the philosophy and how they do things," he said. "I think I have a good chance to be successful over there."
Willis, who has been recruited as an athlete, has been told safety might be the spot he will start his career playing. He also is a standout running back at Lumen Christi – as well as a point guard who earned college offers on the hardcourt, too. While there has been some thought about doubling up and playing both at Michigan State, Willis admitted he isn't too sure about the idea.
"I haven't really heard anything much about it, but I guess I will talk to them more about it," he said.
When it comes to what he hopes to study, that is a little bit more set as he plans to study law.
"I feel like I would be successful with that degree," he said. "I know a lot of successful people have graduated from this place."
But with his commitment made, Willis simply said it feels good to be a Spartan and have that out of the way.
"It's a relief," he said. "I don't have to worry about it. It's just finishing high school as best I can then get to college."