Gets first offer

The Huskers are looking for some numbers in the defensive secondary in the 2011 class and they just offered a very versatile secondary player from California. The use of the peso and just using 5 and 6 defensive backs on the field at one time will continue to drive Nebraska looking for the right pieces in their secondary.

One of the latest offers for Nebraska just went out to Joel Willis. Willis, a 5-foot-10 and 180-pound defensive back/wide receiver from Garden Grove (Calif.) Pacifica has 4.4-speed and is also a standout for Pacifica in track.

"We are in spring ball right now, but I am running track," Willis said. "If you go to CIF and all that there is a two to three week overlap. I do the 100m, 200m and 4x100.

"My best times in the 100m are 10.6 hand-held and 10.87 electronic. In the 200m it's 21.8 hand-held and 22.1 electronic. I run the anchor on the 4x100m team."

Recruiting for Willis had been pretty flat until lately. Willis picked up his first offer from Nebraska and beyond just the offer from the Huskers it means that Willis is going to get that change to play DI football in college.

"Things are picking up. Nebraska offered me. They just offered me yesterday. That's my first official offer. It's awesome to get that first offer. It's a dream come true."

Admittedly Willis doesn't know a lot about Nebraska. He knows about their football and engineering programs and those are two things that Willis is going to be looking at when it comes to his decision.

"I don't know much about Nebraska, but I know that they have a great football program and that they have a good engineering program. I plan on majoring in mechanical engineering.

"I am really looking at the background of the school like what tradition it has. Also, it's going to come down to my major and education. I want to go to a school that's improving and one that I can help to improve."

Willis is currently a cornerback for Pacifica, but says that he will most likely be playing safety in college. He is trying to get some time this year to play safety.

"I am playing cornerback and slot receiver in high school, but I think that I will probably get recruited to play safety. I am going to try and play some safety this fall.

"I think that I am elusive and I have the speed to get away from defenders as a receiver. I can just help the quarterback get yards. On defense I am a low tackler and a man-to-man defender."

Willis is eyeing some upcoming trips in May. Unfortunately for now with Nebraska these trips will be contained to just PAC 10 teams and it just so happens that the team Willis thinks might offer next is a PAC 10 team too.

"I am about to take some trips in May. I am going to see UCLA, Oregon, Washington, Stanford, Cal and Oregon State. It's actually most of the PAC 10. I think that Washington will be the next to offer."

As a sophomore, Willis had 18 receptions for 360 yards and four touchdowns while averaging 20 yards per catch.



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