"Traveling for me is not a thing," Brandon Willis said. "South Carolina is not my home. I've lived in a lot of different states. That wouldn't be a problem. There is no pressure or anything."
Charlie Weis was definitely happy to hear that Willis was considering going out of state and possibly up north for college. Last Friday, the Notre Dame head coach offered the 6-foot-4, 255-pound Willis a scholarship.
"I liked that," Willis said. He is now up to 11 scholarship offers from the likes of LSU, Georgia, Florida State, South Carolina, Clemson and North Carolina. "I've never looked into Notre Dame because I never thought they would offer. Now that they've offered, I want to see what they're about.
"He was asking me if I was interested in Notre Dame, and if I was going to stay in the Southeast, because if so there wouldn't be a need to offer me. After he said that, I told him I was interested, and he asked me if I'd like to come up there if he offered. Now I have to look at the calendar and see what day I could come up there."
Weis also offered Willis' teammates, running back Marcus Lattimore, and defensive end Corey Miller. Before speaking with Weis, Willis was able to chat with Notre Dame defensive coordinator Corwin Brown.
"He told me they watched my film and he liked what he saw," Willis said. "He liked my movement for a big guy, and that I fit their scheme real well."
Willis would likely fit any scheme well. In helping lead Byrnes to a state championship this past fall, Willis racked up 144 tackles, with 24 coming for loss including 13 sacks. He played both defensive end and defensive tackle, and college recruiters see him playing either spot on the next level.
Willis doesn't think he'll make his college decision until National Signing Day next February. He is looking to major in engineering.
"Just the atmosphere around the school, just to see if I can live there for four years, a place I want to be at," Willis explained of what he's looking for in a school.
Willis, Miller and Lattimore are all looking to visit Notre Dame this summer. While the three do a lot together in terms of football-related activities and recruiting, they realize they could be lining up across from each other in the not-so-far future.
"We just have to go our own ways, but you never forget the relationships with these people," Willis said. "Football is football. You compete everyday. You just have to do what's best for you."
For Willis, that could be far away from Duncan, S.C.