The Boston College Eagles have landed one of their top recruiting targets for 2004. It's a name everyone at BC is familiar with.
"I committed a couple of days ago to Boston College," said 6-foot-2, 240-pound defensive end/fullback Keith Willis Jr., the son of BC defensive line coach Keith Willis. "I wanted to commit before my senior season started and it felt like the right time."
Willis, who was also being heavily recruited by Wisconsin, Maryland, Nebraska and UConn to name a few, is eager to play for his father at BC.
"They want me as a fullback first, but I'd rather play defensive end for my Dad," said Willis, who plays for Stoughton (Mass.) Xaverian Brothers. "Defense is my first preference, but I'll play wherever. If I am a fullback, that's cool too."
As a junior, Willis recorded 50 tackles and four sacks on defense. He also forced a fumble and recovered one. He was the lead blocker on offense as well last season. Other offers were coming soon.
"Maryland and Wisconsin were going to offer soon, but I think a lot of schools held off because they assumed I was going to BC," he said. "I was honest about things, BC was always my first choice."
Willis' father played for 12 seasons in the NFL and fourth on the all-time sack list for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
"My Dad has taught me a lot, especially on defense," he said. "It would be great to play for him and be coached by him, but I have no problem with fullback either. I just want to play and hit people."