Wills praises Hiestand

Four-star junior tackle Jedrick Wills called working with Notre Dame offensive line coach Harry Hiestand the highlight of his Irish Invasion experience.

Still months from his junior season, offensive tackle Jedrick Wills already holds offers from Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan State, Notre Dame and South Carolina.

On Friday night the 6-foot-5, 305-pound offensive tackle from Lafayette High School in Lexington, Ky., worked on molding that massive potential during the Irish Invasion. The 16-year old, who was offered by Notre Dame in April, was accompanied by his parents and two siblings.

“I enjoyed myself,” Wills said. “Seeing campus was good because it was unique and different from all of the other schools that I’ve seen. It was very spiritual. The other schools I’ve seen are much more free. But, I definitely liked it.”

Wills was the top offensive lineman to work out at Irish Invasion as commitments Liam Eichenberg, Tommy Kraemer and Dillon Gibbons watched from the sidelines. Wills’ length, mean streak and college frame let him hold his own against senior defensive end Tomon Fox and junior Corey Malone-Hatcher.

“I definitely wish there would have been more linemen there, and I wish the commits would have played,” Wills said. “That would have been nice.”

The highlight of the visit was working closely with Notre Dame offensive line coach Harry Hiestand.

“I was able to talk with the coach that was recruiting me (Mike Elston) and coach (Mike) Denbrock, too,” Wills said.  “I got to be coached by Harry Hiestand, and he definitely taught us things that were different than what I’ve learned in high school. Mostly about hand placement, technique and other fundamentals.”

New programs continue to enter the mix for Wills.

“I’m pretty open to all schools at this point,” Wills said. “I’m not sure when I’ll narrow my list because I want to visit all of the schools that have offered me before I do that.”

A return to Notre Dame is something that could be in store.

“Possibly, because like I said, I liked working with the coaches at Notre Dame,” Wills said. “Coach Hiestand explained to me that he wants me to come back for another visit, and he said I was very coachable and he likes that.”


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