No Stress for Willis

The Tempe (Ariz.) Marcos De Niza five-star defensive back prospect, Priest Willis, isn't being overwhelmed by the recruiting process...

ORLANDO, FLA.: Tempe (Ariz.) Marcos De Niza cornerback Priest Willis (6-2.5, 197), is enjoying every aspect of playing in the UnderArmour All-America Game this week in Orlando.

"It's a blessing, and honestly it's great competition," said Willis. "I'm glad I got chosen here to play with the best of the nation. A lot of these guys, guys from the South, they're funny, they have accents, and we just laugh with the way they talk. I just like hanging around them. We don't talk East/West. Here, if you can play, you can play. I'm glad it's combined and they have us on the same team with great players."

Willis is pretty savvy about his classmates, and is enjoying the chance to play with many of them.

"Just to see the talents you could be playing with, you read about a lot of these guys and now you're on the same team," said Willis.

Willis, though, doesn't know yet where he'll be playing in college.

He's taken four official visits, with plans for one more in January, but there is no set time for an announcement.

"I've taken four officials, to Virginia, Nebraska, LSU and Florida State," said Willis. "I may visit a different school in January. It could be Notre Dame if my family can make it, otherwise, I will visit UCLA. And Arizona State is real close by so I don't really need an official there."

Willis said he's focused on a solid group of six schools.

"I'm only considering UCLA, LSU, Florida State, Nebraska, Notre Dame and Arizona State," said Willis.

And Willis said he's still enjoying the process.

"It's not stressful at all, it's only stressful if you make it that way," said Willis. "But it's not stressful."

Of course, the five-star could be the prize of a number of coaching staffs, all which are paying him plenty of attention.

"The coaches recruiting me the hardest are Coach Meat (Demetrice Martin) and Coach Jim Mora at UCLA, Coach Les Miles at LSU, Corey Raymond from Nebraska, Coach Odell from Florida State, and really at Arizona State, the whole staff," said Willis.

Willis has played a little bit of everything this week for Team White, covering the slot, covering receivers split wide and playing safety.

"I'm just in the secondary," said Willis. "I'll go from nickel to corner to strong. As long as I'm not outside linebacker. I had to go against Marcus Baugh (his 7on7 teammate from the summer), and he's a lot bigger than I'm used to."

Willis has talked about playing in college with four-star safety Tahaan Goodman, the Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) native who's playing at the U.S. Army Bowl, and who played with Willis on the 7on7 circuit this spring and summer.

"With Tahaan, it's like an 85 percent chance we'll be at the same place," said Willis.

The next step for Willis will be deciding when to announce his decision.

"I don't want it to be a big thing," said Willis. "I don't think I'll do a big announcement. I think I'll just call the coaches up."

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