Michigan State has made its mark recruiting players who can play multiple positions in recent years it seems – to the point that Mark Dantonio has said the recruiting plan is to take athletes that can play multiple spots and figure it out later.
Jackson Lumen Christi athlete Khari Willis is yet another instance of that and brings to the 2015 class athleticism on both sides of the ball. He excels as a high school running back, but will start on the on the defensive side when he gets to Michigan State – likely at safety, but with the potential of being a linebacker.
On top of the fact he is a good all-around athlete, Willis brings plenty off the field, too. My first experience with Willis came after hearing his name connected to Michigan State for the first time and heading down to Jackson to see Lumen Christi play Parchment in the playoffs.
He set a school record with more than 300 yards rushing – on more than 30 carries – but the Titans still in a thrilling game. Interviews following a loss always are different, especially after a season-ending loss … and even more so in high school, it sometimes seems.
Willis took the time to talk with me for a few minutes and also introduced me to his father, despite the emotions of a hard-fought loss. He emailed me a couple of pictures later that night to use with the story and his profile and was more than helpful.
Another impressive note about the person MSU is getting Willis: His plan is to major in pre-law as he wants to be a lawyer. So as Willis brings another athletic, multi-positional talent to Michigan State, he also brings a person the Spartans are going to enjoy having around their program.
As for what he means for the 2015 class, he was an early target the Spartans locked in on so hard that other schools were deterred from even recruiting him, believing him to be a lock to the Spartans. And he means the Spartans addressed possible needs at multiple positions, which is exactly why Dantonio and the staff look for athletes in recruiting.