January 9, 2010

Willis recommits to Tennessee

SAN ANTONIO - After committing to Tennessee this fall and subsequently decommitting from the Volunteers just a short time later, Willis made his final college decision on national television at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Saturday.

Following his decommitment, North Carolina took the lead for his signature and up until his arrival in San Antonio, looked to be the favorite for his announcement. However a late change of heart brought Willis' decision back full circle as he put on the Tennessee Volunteer hat on once again.

"It feels like home," Willis said. "Me and coach (Ed Orgeron) have a great relationship and that's where I want to spend the next four years."

Previously, Willis had had reservations about heading to Tennessee following some bad publicity with regard to the NCAA, making his decommitment a tough decision.

"It was hard because I don't have anything against the coaches," he said earlier this week. "You just never know with the NCAA and right now they're not in a great predicament. Who's to say I get there and they get on probation or secondary violations? So you don't want to walk in to something like that."

Clearly that distraction has been cleared up for Willis as he is now ready and excited to head to Knoxville.

The defensive staff at Tennessee includes coaching legend Monte Kiffin and highly-regarded defensive line coach Ed Orgeron. Both coaches will be coaching Willis first hand and played a major role in his decision making process.

"The biggest asset to the Vols is Orgeron," Willis once said. "We've talked and emailed. We have a pretty good relationship. He is such a great coach and he relates well to his players."

Those coaches are likely equally excited to coach Willis as he is one of the top defensive tackles in the nation and has shown it this week. He has been one of the East team's most productive defenders and has the ability to play either strongside defensive end or grow into a defensive tackle.

Rivals.com has Willis rated as a four-star recruit, the No. 6 strongside defensive end in the nation and the No. 41 player overall in the country.



 

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