Willard, a 6-foot-1 200-pound linebacker from Loris (S.C.), hopes to not only narrow his options down but also make a verbal commitment before the end of the summer.
"[I want to commit early] just in case injuries or anything comes up during the season," said Willard.
Willard admits he's looking harder at home state schools Clemson and South Carolina.
"I want to be in-state, but if my better option is to go out-of-state, then I'll go out-of-state," said Willard.
However, Willard says he's "still interested" in North Carolina, as well as other out-of-state schools such as Maryland, NC State, and Tennessee.
"Actually, I like the Tar Heels pretty well," said Willard. "I think that they'll have a pretty good season coming this year with the d-line and the new coach."
North Carolina keeps in contact with Willard regularly.
"I talk to a couple coaches, get mail, and text messages," said Willard. "Right now, we're just trying to make the connection – they're trying to get to know me and I'm trying to get to know them."
Sam Pittman is recruiting Willard for North Carolina.
"[He tells me about] the environment, the community, how the team is doing," said Willard.
Last summer, Willard camped at North Carolina and is considering a possible return this summer. Also, Willard is considering camping at Clemson, NC State, South Carolina, and Tennessee this summer.
This spring Willard made unofficial visits to Clemson and South Carolina.
As a junior, Willard was named to the All-State team after collecting 130 tackles including 14 for a loss and forcing five fumbles from middle linebacker. He also started at fullback where he rushed for 667 yards and seven touchdowns on 157 carries.