Priest Willis is an Elite Talent

The state of Arizona is loaded in the 2013 class and one player who will compete for top player in the state honors is Tempe (Ariz.) Marcos de Niza defensive back Priest Willis...

Priest Willis is a very intriguing prospect in that he has legitimate safety size but plays corner and has the speed to run with just about anyone. He's a physical player who will come up and press a receiver at the line but can also hit and tackle. With receivers getting bigger, tall corners are always in demand and Willis' versatility to play corner or safety at the next level makes him a special talent.

"I'll play either position, I don't care," Willis said. "Honestly, I just want to play, whatever gets me on the field the fastest, that's what I want to play. I like corner, it's fun for me and I think I can play there but because of my size, a lot of schools see me bulking up in to a safety and that's fine with me too."

Willis has seven offers on the table with Arizona State being the first school to throw their hat in the ring. Arizona, Oregon State, Utah, Purdue, Washington and UCLA have since followed suit and the athlete will likely hit double digit by the end of the month.

"I'm very thankful for the opportunities I've been given and humbled by it as well," Willis said. "Just to have the chance to play Div I football is a thrill and I never saw all this happening for me. I'm just trying to stay focused on school right now but I'm very excited to go through the recruiting process and see how everything plays out."

Willis has taken unofficial visit to ASU, UCLA and USC and he'll head back to Southern California this weekend.

"I'm going to USC's Junior Day on Sunday," Willis said. "I took a visit there last month and loved it. USC has such a great football program and I got to see them work out and hung out a lot with the coaching staff. I toured the campus and felt really comfortable there.

"The next day, I went and visited UCLA and that was great as well. UCLA and USC feel totally different. It's hard to explain but the campuses are different, the areas are different and it just feels different but I had a great experience at both schools. I'm comfortable at both schools and they're both very high on my list."

Willis said he had a very good experience at ASU as well.

"I visited ASU with a lot of the other in-state players so that was cool," Willis said. "We didn't really say it but I think a lot of us were thinking that if we all decided to go to ASU together, that would be a pretty incredible team. I visited ASU before but this was different for sure.

"I love the new coaching staff and they definitely seem more organized and disciplined than the former staff. I think ASU is building something and it would be cool to stay close to home and play in front of my friends and family. I'm not ready to name a leader right now but it's safe to say ASU is very high on my list."

Editor's Note: Since this interview Willis received offers from Nebraska and San Diego State.

Greg has been covering recruiting for over 15 years, covering the West since the mid-1990's and currently serves as a national analyst for
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