Huskies still very much on Willis' mind

Pacifica (Garden Grove, Ca.) CB Joel Willis has been tearing it up this fall in his last season of high school football and spoke with recently about his commitment to Washington and which schools he's still listening to...

"Things are going good," Willis told recently. "My ankle is all better now, so I'm able to do the things I'm used to doing and we're 5-2 right now and ready to make that push to the playoffs and then anything can happen."

As a starter on both sides of the ball, Willis has been a big contributor to his team this season, posting 57 tackles and 2 forced fumbles from his cornerback position while hauling in 24 receptions for 576 yards and 4 scores as a receiver and rushing for 145 yards rushing and a touchdown from the running back position and as a return man he has 75-yard touchdown on a punt return.

"I'm just making plays so I can help my team," Willis said. "It's been a good year so far and I'm hoping it goes as long as it can."

Willis was a highly sought prospect in the spring and over the summer and committed to the Huskies over offers from Arizona, Nebraska, San Diego State, Utah and Utah State and was getting heavy interest from Cal and Stanford as well.

"I committed to Washington because I felt like it was the best place for me, but I still have kept my mind open to other schools," Willis said. "I like Washington a lot and feel real comfortable with the coaches up there.

"Coach (Demetrice) Martin and coach (Jimmy) Dougherty are the ones recruiting me from there and I have a great relationship with both of them." As far as taking his official visit to Washington, Willis said he expects to set that up in the near future, but his parents have told him in no uncertain terms they want him taking trips after his season has been completed.

"I asked my parents and they said they want me to take all of my visits after the season," Willis said. "I'll definitely visit Washington and then I'm looking at Stanford, Arizona and Nebraska and maybe another school too.

"I'll keep an open mind, but I'm pretty happy with Washington."

When asked if he's seen some of the Husky football games over the past couple months he said that has been a priority for him.

"I've seen all the games," Willis said. "Watching them play, you can see where they need help and you sorta see how you could go in there and possibly help out.

"When you see them lose like they have some times, I guess it sorta makes me think about things a little more, but when you choose a school it isn't always about the's where you see the program headed and that's what I've been focused on.

"Winning is important, but you also have to see how things are going there and that's one thing I liked about Washington because you can see them improving and getting more talent there."

Willis and his teammates will take on Valencia Friday night.

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