”I have done a lot of learning and I’m trying to become a better leader vocally, just trying to lead my team and really worrying about Lumen Christi and myself as an athlete second,” Willis said.
On Friday night, the senior running back continued a strong start to his senior year at Jackson Lumen Christi. He posted 257 yards and four touchdowns on 32 carries against Battle Creek Harper Creek.
“I got off to a slow start, but picked it up late when we needed it,” he said.
Harper Creek was keying on Willis, especially early, but he broke countless tackles on his way to each of his touchdowns.
”You’ve just gotta take the beatings,” he said. “After a while, I believe in my training and after a while, I feel like it will start to separate my training over his training. I feel like we made that break and were able to pull it off.”
While he is being recruited as an athlete to Michigan State, Willis just playing offense at this point during games.
“Whatever is best for the team,” Willis said. “They don’t want to wear me out or anything like that. He thinks it’s silly to run my body down at this age unless we really need it. (Friday) we thought we might need it so I was ready to go.
”I am still getting reps in practice everyday and am still doing all the drills – tackling and hitting. I just feel really good right now.”
There still remains the potential he will start out his career in East Lansing on defense, but said he has been told nothing has been ruled out.
“As far as I know the plan is still to start out on defense, but I wouldn’t count anything out,” he said. “They told me not to count anything out.”
This week, Willis was visited by defensive backs coach Harlon Barnett.
“He was cool and it was really fun,” Willis said. “He is doing pretty well and has a lot of confidence in the team.
”He is a really good guy with a really good program.”