Willis Enjoying the Process

The five-star defensive back from Tempe (Ariz.) Marcos De Niza, Priest Willis, is in no hurry to make a college choice...

Tempe (Ariz.) Marcos De Niza cornerback Priest Willis (6-2.5, 197), never imagined his recruitment would blow up to the point it has.

With over 30 offers from all around the country, Willis was at one point just looking forward to the day he got one offer.

"I'm just thankful that I've even got them and I'm fortunate for having them, and more blessed than anything," said Willis. "I can't even complain about it. I just always kept my faith in God and I knew if I had put in the work, I'd get an opportunity. To me, any offer means a lot because a college looked at me being a better man and a smarter man, and having a better future."

He's come a long way since Arizona State started the process by offering him. But with offers from all over, recruiting is the furthest thing from his mind at this point.

"I'm just going with the flow and I'm not going to commit early and put myself into an uncomfortable position where I may not like that school," said Willis. "So I'm not even worried about it right now. I'm just putting my team first, and forgetting about the recruiting process. My focus is on figuring out a way to win that state title."

Still, Willis hasn't entirely avoided recruiting, mixing in a number of unofficial visits and setting up some official visits for the fall.

"Unofficially, I've visited UCLA, USC, Arizona State and Arizona," said Willis. "I went to UCLA's Spring Game and I went to Arizona State's Spring Game and both were really cool."

This summer, Willis said he's hoping to get down South to check out some schools.

"Hopefully I can get out to the Florida schools," said Willis. "If I have the time when I'm in Florida for Gridion Kings, I want to check out the Florida schools."

The two visits that Willis has set should be entertaining contests, scheduled for consecutive weekends.

"I'm going to Nebraska when they play Michigan (on October 27) and then I'm going to LSU when they play Alabama (on November 3rd)," said Willis. "Whenever it gets closer to the season, I'll decide where else I will visit."

Willis has been invited to The Opening as well as Gridiron Kings and also plans to attend the B2G Elite Camp in Southern California this summer, but has no plans to take in any college camps.

The five-star cornerback has been recruited as both a safety and a corner by a number of schools.

"I want to be a defensive back," said Willis. "If they want to put me at safety or cornerback, I'll play either. I don't want to limit myself to just corner, I think I bring value and can contribute more if I can play more than one position."

Willis said he doesn't have any schedule in place for when he'll decide.

"I wouldn't want to set a time frame just yet," said Willis. "The only thing I'll do is with schools I don't have an interest in, start to eliminate them."

As one of the nation's premier prospects, the evaluation period brought numerous coaches by his school, but he's not sad to see the eval period end.

"It was kind of getting tough always getting pulled out of class," said Willis. "But it's still an incredible opportunity."

Brandon is in his eighth year with Scout.com and FOXSportsNext, currently as a National Recruiting Analyst and West Regional Manager. Prior to joining the Scout Recruiting Team, he was a team recruiting writer.  He's been covering recruiting for the Scout Network since 2003.
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