Bulk Not Beef

Brandon Willis doesn't see himself ever weighing 300 pounds, or really even close to it.

If he ends up playing defensive tackle instead of defensive end on the next level, the 6-foot-4, 255-pound class-of-2010 standout from Byrnes High in Duncan, S.C., sees himself bulking up more like a Greek God than a round of mound.

"I think I'd be more of a speedy inside man," Brandon Willis explained. "Like at Georgia, they're recruiting me as a d-tackle, but they don't beef their d-tackles up like that. I would be like 275.

"It would be more solid than big."

One of the many Division-I recruits on the Byrnes roster, Willis has played big all season. In helping his team finish the regular season 10-1, Willis has racked up 109 tackles, with 17 of those coming for loss with 10 sacks. The playoffs begin this weekend.

Texas A&M was the first program to offer Willis, and Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Clemson and Florida State have followed suit.

"When I talked to the defensive line coaches, they like how I have good lateral movement," Willis began. "I come off the ball hard and I get my hands on people, and I'm good with double teams and shedding blocks."

Willis is hearing from plenty of other programs including the stacks of mail he's getting from Notre Dame.

"They had their defensive line coach come down earlier in the year," Willis said.

"It was like a Thursday, I think he was down doing some recruiting, and he came to a practice and he was watching, but he couldn't really talk to me. He spoke to my coach and said he was interested and said that he liked what he saw. I didn't know he was coming, he just kind of dropped by the school. "

Willis also doesn't know much about the Irish program.

"Notre Dame is pretty good," Willis said. "They're a pretty good school and they have a good football history.

"I'm interested in anyone that is interested in me."

With that being said, Willis has an early top three of Georgia, Florida State and North Carolina, because those three programs are recruiting him the hardest. Willis plans on holding out on a college decision until National Signing Day 2010.

"Anything can happen," he stated. "Another school could come in, as far as depth charts, if they're recruiting anybody else, a lot of things could happen, but right now with those three, that's how it's looking."

With the exception of Texas A&M, Willis has already visited all the schools that have offered him. Though a verbal commitment somewhere is a long ways away, Willis already has a criteria for what he wants in a program.

"First thing I'm looking for, I want to be an engineer, so they have to have a good engineering program," Willis explained. He has a 3.68 GPA. "Then I look at the depth chart because playing time is a big factor to me. Then I look at the facilities, and then the campus, and then the fans. The three main things I'm looking at, are education, depth chart and the facilities."

Distance also won't be a factor.

"The traveling doesn't bother me," Willis said. "It's wherever I have a good chance of succeeding, is where I want to go."


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