Willis turns focus to recruiting

One of Washington's early commitments, Pacifica (Garden Grove, Ca.) CB/WR Joel Willis, has finished his season and over the weekend he told Dawgman.com that he plans to turn his complete focus to recruiting as the holidays approach...

"My senior season ended on November 19th," Willis told Dawgman.com. "I had five catches for 105 yards and six tackles in the game and I returned a kick 95 yards for a touchdown, but we ended up losing 33-14 (to Villa Park) so now I can totally start to focus on recruiting and making my final decision."

Willis finished the year with 90 tackles and three forced fumbles on defense and posted 40 receptions for 905 yards five touchdowns along with 345 yards rushing and three touchdowns rushing on defense. He also had one punt return for a 75-yard TD and two kick returns for touchdowns, one from 77 and one from 95 yards out.

"Washington is still the school I'm committed to and I really like them and how their season is going right now," Willis said. "I'm still keeping an open mind though because my family would prefer I stay closer to home and they've asked me to keep an open mind if anyone else wants to come along and recruit me or offer."

Two Golden State schools have both recently come into the mix for Willis with one extending an offer, but he said he's unsure whether he will visit or not.

"I got an offer from Cal pretty recently and that was flattering, but I'm not sure if I will visit them or not," Willis said. "I'm sorta thinking about it, but I'm really not sure what I'm going to do.

"I visited USC unofficially (Saturday) for their game against Notre Dame and had a great time," Willis said. "I talked to the coaches and they said I'm one of their top prospects and they like me a lot.

"(USC) was the school I grew up watching, but they aren't my 'dream school' or anything like that. I do like the staff there though, so they are a school I will be looking at a little more now."

On his commitment to Washington, Willis said he's spoken to the Husky coaches on a regular basis since he committed back in August and now plans to visit Washington in the next few weeks.

"Now that my season is over I can set up my official visit with them," Willis said. "I'll probably do that soon and I'd like to see them before the end of the year and it would be really cool to see them practicing for a bowl game.

"I was at the USC/Notre Dame game, but I recorded the Washington/Cal game and went hom and watched it late (Saturday) night.

"That was a great game at the end and you could see how much Washington wanted that game. I didn't have any doubt that coach (Steve) Sarkisian would go for it because he's real aggressive and he believes in his players. That's one of the things I liked about the staff and I why I committed."

We'll continue to monitor Willis' progress as he gets ready to set up some official visits and we'll update things as they change.

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