After much consternation from Red Raider nation four-star receiver Derrick Willies made it official Wednesday by signing with Texas Tech.
The 6-foot-4, 210-pound four-star prospect, ranked as the No. 13 overall junior college prospect in the nation by Scout.com, received plenty of recruiting attention after putting up monster numbers in his one season at Trinity Valley. Willies caught 49 passes for 1,155 yards for an eye popping average of 23.6 yards per catch and 14 touchdowns en route to earning NJCAA first-team All-American honors.
"Willies really blossomed throughout the course of the year in the Trinity Valley offense, and ended up being one of the most productive players, regardless of position, in all of of junior college football," said Scout national recruiting analyst Greg Powers. "He has plus size, but is not just a possession receiver. He was used in a variety of ways on offense and has proven that he can also make defenders in the open field and rack up yards after catch. A well-rounded, college-ready player."
Willies committed to Texas Tech during a visit to the campus in May and since then there had been much talk of him possibly flipping to another school. In the end Willies picked Tech over offers from schools such as Cal, Georgia, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, TCU and Utah.
He originally signed with Iowa out of Rock Island (IL) High School. After redshirting his freshman year, Willies caught four passes for 71 yards and a touchdowns in five games in 2014.
Willies has two seasons of eligibility remaining and as a mid-term enrollee will be able to participate in Texas Tech spring football. Willies was reported to have a 3.0 GPA in engineering while at Iowa according to HawkeyeInsider.com.