5-star Safety Eyeing Notre Dame Official

Five-star safety Priest Willis received a visit from the Notre Dame staff Tuesday, and after it he spoke with IrishEyes.com about his interest in the Irish. Willis, who is from Tempe, Ariz., also said he is planning an official visit to campus.

Marco De Niza High (Tempe, Ariz.) is a popular stopping ground for schools this spring, and Tuesday it was time for Notre Dame assistant Bob Elliott to pass through the doors.

The target there is five-star safety Priest Willis, and he has Notre Dame rated highly among his dozens upon dozens of offers.

So, how much does Willis like Notre Dame?

"I'm probably going to take an official there when they play Michigan," he said.

Willis is yet to make a visit to camp, but he also contemplating a summer unofficial visit to campus. But attending the Sept. 22 game against rival Michigan is penciled into his schedule. And there are plenty of reasons Willis is considering the Irish.

"I know Notre Dame has a lot of tradition," the 6-foot-2, 190-pound Willis said. "They graduate most of their athletes, and people in general there. They graduate almost all of their African-Americans at Notre Dame, which is a great think to hear.

"I just know they have a lot of tradition there, a lot of potential for their program and a lot of opportunities for me. It's not just a four-year program, but a 40-year program. It opens up doors in life and opportunities other than football."

Most of Willis' contact with the Irish is through Elliott, and the two are forming a strong relationship.

"He's a cool coach. I created a bond with him," Willis said. "He came by and I liked seeing him. He's a funny guy. He keeps it straightforward with me. He tells me the truth and he said he has nothing to hide about his program, and what he does with people there."

At this point, Willis is open to nearly every school on his extensive radar.

"I'm trying to give every coach an opportunity who has given me an opportunity," he said. "I'm going to look at every coach, every staff. I'm going to do a lot of studying.

"Most importantly, I'm looking for a great all-around situation for me. That's academically and on the field."

Willis said he will announce his decision at the Under Armour All-American game in early January.

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