Bison offensive line signee Zach Willis says that North Dakota State is his future home, but they're already his family

West Fargo (N.D.) offensive lineman and new NDSU signee Zach Willis is the latest Bison to sign in the 2017 class and he went in-depth with the BisonReport.com to share more about his reasons to sign with North Dakota State.

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BisonReport.com: What is your current height and weight? What weight would the NDSU staff like you to report at this summer?

Zach Willis: I'm 6'3.5" 320 lbs and the coaches want me in at 305-310. 

BisonReport.com: What are your individual and team goals you hope to accomplish during your college career?

ZW: Obviously I want to play. But if that isn't in the cards, I want to contribute to bring the team back to championship level. 

BisonReport.com: What are you looking to work on the most this spring to prepare yourself for Missouri Valley football?

ZW: Getting healthy after surgery, and learning the playbook. 

BisonReport.com What future moment are you looking forward to the most as a Bison?

ZW: Getting to play in front of my home town and family in green and gold. 

BisonReport.com: What was the main reason you chose to attend North Dakota State University?

ZW: I chose to stay here in Fargo because it was the best fit for me and my family. Obviously I'm a fan, and I want to carry on the tradition as well. 

BisonReport.com: What team do you want to beat the most as a Bison and why?

ZW: UNI, USD, SDSU. Because if you take care of those three, you have a good shot at winning the conference. 

BisonReport.com: Is there any unfinished academic business or are you all set to enroll at NDSU?

ZW: I've already been admitted to NDSU. 

http://www.scout.com/player/206837-zach-willis/recruiting?year=2016&s=564

BisonReport.com: If you don't make it to the NFL, where do you see yourself in 10 years?

ZW: Starting a family, and on the path to advancing in my career. 

BisonReport.com: What is it about Coach Klieman and the coaching staff that makes you want to play for them?

ZW: It's family. That's the biggest part. I was already sure of the program, but the people in the staff sold me. 

BisonReport.com: What is something you learned about North Dakota State University that surprised you during the recruiting process?

ZW: I didn't really learn anything new, just became more familiar with the demands and responsibilities that come with being a Bison. 

BisonReport.com: What position do you expect to play at NDSU? What other position did the Bison staff mention as a possibility?

ZW: Interior OL. Guard or center. 

BisonReport.com: What have the coaches told you regarding how they plan to utilize your strengths as a player?

ZW: They think I fit the mold of the physical interior offensive lineman that they use in the run game. 

BisonReport.com: Have you had any communication with other NDSU recruits and if so what?

ZW: We have a group chat, and we talk every day. Just becoming friends. Building the relationship. 

BisonReport.com: What player do you model your game after and why?

ZW: I model myself after Tyron Smith and Richie Incognito. They're mean, physical, athletic guys. I like playing like that.


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