Darrell Givens isn't the only defensive back with an offer in the 2009 class at Indian Head (Md.) Lackey. He is joined by a 6-foot-0, 207-pound safety who has already hauled in a major offer from the Big Ten.
"I got my first offer from Penn State on Valentine's Day," Lackey safety Malcolm Willis said. "Coach Johnson offered me as a safety.
"I was really excited and ecstatic about that they were willing to offer me a full scholarship to play there. One of my teammates, J.B. Walton is up there. I talk to him on the phone a lot and he said he'll show me around when I visit. He tells me a lot about the team camaraderie there."
Penn State clearly is a school in the picture for Willis, but a number of other colleges are also recruiting him including Maryland, Illinois, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Connecticut and Rutgers.
Is there an early leader for the Maryland prospect?
"Growing up I was always a Peter Warrick and Florida State fan," he said. "They were always winning and winning national championships. Warrick was one of the best athletes to play football."
The Seminoles are obviously a dream school, but Willis did touch on what he ants in general from a college.
"Mostly, I'm looking for a school that is tops in football and academics," he said. "After football is done I want to own my own business and make my own money. As for the football, I want team camaraderie and somewhere I fit in. I want a family atmosphere."
Willis plans to take a few visits in the near future including Penn State on April 5th for a junior day, April 19th for a Nike Combine in Baltimore and a Nike Camp at Penn State on May 10th.
Last season Willis finished the year with 95 tackles, three forced fumbles, one recovery and three interceptions including one for a touchdown. He added 98 carries for 637-yards along with 1,120-yards passing and 17 offensive touchdowns on the season.
"I did alright this year; my best game was in the state semis where I had 320-yards and two touchdowns. I also had nine tackles," he stated. "I think my biggest attribute is my hitting. I'm not afraid to tackle the ball carrier."