Kamehameha lineman 'willing' to do what it takes

RJ Willing is a 6-5, 295-pound offensive lineman from Honolulu (Hawaii) Kamehameha, and even though the island may be a bit down overall as far as high school talent is concerned, there are some real diamonds in the rough. RJ is one such prospect, and colleges are already taking notice with scholarship offers.

"I feel like I am a balanced player," RJ told Dawgman.com. "I finish my blocks and pancake a lot of players." According to Willing, he averaged around 10 pancakes per game as a junior. He runs a 4.9 40 and has a 27-inch vertical leap to his credit. As far as lifting numbers, RJ benches 225 pounds 22 times.

Willing has honed his game going up against Washington signee Brandon Ala. "I don't know if inspired is the best word, but he inspired me to get better," he said about Ala. "Everyday in practice I had to go up against him, so I had to better myself all the time to challenge him."

He currently has offers from Oregon, Utah and BYU and is also hearing from Arizona, Colorado, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Wisconsin.

His favorites? "Washington and Oregon are my favorites," RJ said without hesitation. Here are his thoughts on the two Northwest schools:

Washington - "Coach Chuck Heater is the coach from Washington I've talked to. He talked a lot about the tradition of the school and how I already have friends there. Brandon (Ala) and Donny (Mateaki) are there. It's close to home, at least on the West Coast."

Oregon - "I have another friend who is going there, Enoka (Lukas)."

RJ will make his decision after taking official trips upon completion of his senior year in football. The official trips he's planning to take are to Washington, Oregon, BYU, Nebraska, and Arizona.

Willing is also mormon, something that will definitely play a part in his decision-making. "I'm only 16, so I'll go to school for a year and then go on my mission," he said.

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