Willoughby will be a graduate senior at Ohio State this upcoming season, he told the news outlet.
“I made a list of every team in the country that I would want to play for in the big conferences and then started to narrow down based on who had a senior kicker graduating or who could use someone like me to step in and compete for kicking duties,” Willoughby said. “I reached out to a bunch of coaches and ultimately Ohio State was the best fit from a football and an academic standpoint.”
A native of Princeton, N.J., and a graduate of the Lawrenceville School, Willoughby (6-2, 195) told the Chronicle he will be receiving a master's degree at Ohio State. He is an economics and statistics double major at Duke and Angier B. Duke Memorial Scholarship.
He walked on to the team and served as Duke's kickoff specialist a season ago with 73 kickoffs, an average of 62.8 yards and 28 touchbacks. He also had two tackles.
Walk-on Kyle Clinton handled kickoffs for the Buckeyes, who had one of the best coverage units in the nation, last season. Sophomore Sean Nuernberger, who made 13 of 20 field goals as a true freshman and has slimmed down this offseason, is the only scholarship kicker at OSU.
Ohio State could not confirm or deny the report.