James Battle. Phillip Jones. Jarvis Moss. Earl Goldsmith. Calcius Williams. Derek Lokey. Those are the names of the players from Denton (Texas) Ryan that have signed Division I scholarships since 2003. Next in line for stardom is Ryan dual-threat quarterback Justin Williams.
Williams, who is 6-foot-1 and 190 pounds, is already getting early attention from Texas A&M, Missouri, SMU, TCU and Tulane. He doesn’t have any scholarship offers yet, but his impressive junior campaign should be enough to make that a reality in the spring evaluation period.
Willis earned honorable mention all-state, newcomer of the year in his district and offensive most valuable player honors in his district as a junior. He threw for 2,093 yards and 26 touchdowns, while racking up 900 yards and 19 scores on the ground.
“I can be a drop-back quarterback, but also can be mobile in the pocket,” Willis said.
Willis helped Ryan to the state championship game as a junior, and a repeat is his No. 1 goal for this upcoming season.
“I am very determined to get back and play because losing in the state championship is the sickest feeling ever,” he said. “I’m not cocky or anything like that, but I just can’t wait to start playing again. Good luck to everybody, because they’re going to need it.”
Willis said when it comes time to make a decision, he’s going to look at several things.
“I want to look at the situation at quarterback,” he said. ‘I also want to look at the school’s prestige and academics. Location is not that big of a factor. I just want a shot to play.”