Richmond High School has a strong tradition in Indiana high school football lore. Richmond is the home of the Indiana Football Hall of Fame, the late Lamar Lundy, who played for the Los Angeles Rams of the famed "Fearsome Foursome," and Vegas Ferguson, who played for Notre Dame in the late ‘70's. Erik Willis brings a quiet intensity to Richmond Red Devil football.
Eric Gillespie, head football coach at Richmond High School, describes his defensive back as a "shutdown corner." "He has started for us the last two years and has not had a touchdown scored on him," Gillespie pointed out. "His size, strength and speed make him a prime candidate to be that big corner that teams look for with speed and size," Gillespie reiterated.
At 6' 1" and 190 lbs., Eric has coupled that size with speed and athletic ability. A sectional track champ his freshman and sophomore year, and the anchor on a state ranked 4 by 100 meter relay team has given legitimacy to his speed. "I like playing corner, but I also like playing safety because you can come up and make hits on ball carriers,' Willis said to Indiana Varsity Scout.
What the film reveals about Erik Willis was confirmed watching his 7 on 7 play at Ohio State. He has the speed to cover. He breaks on the ball well. His speed coupled with his size makes him exactly what many schools are looking for in a defensive back, and the upside is that many schools are looking for that 6 foot plus corner with speed and size. Willis definitely fits that want and need.
Erik made 45 solo tackles, had 3 assists and garnered 5 interceptions last season. Willis earned all conference honors as well as all-county honors from his cornerback position last fall. This past winter Erik worked hard in the weight room and has maxes of 290 lbs. in the bench, 440 lbs. in the squat and 225 lbs. with the power clean. Ranked in to top 50% of his class, he hopes to continue his education in a BCS school.