One of the best match-ups of quarterbacks in Texas will take place this Friday night when Highland Park junior superstar Matthew Stafford will square off against Denton Ryan senior signal-caller Justin Willis. And Willis said he’s ready to show everybody what he can do.
“I’ve really worked hard on my timing, and I can really see the field so much better,” Willis, who is 6-foot-1 and 197 pounds, said. “Last year, I was really young, and I wasn’t the first option to be the main way to attack on offense because we had a great running game. This time I’m the first option. I’ve got my timing down, and I’m more aware of the field and see it a lot better.
“I made some mistakes last year, but that’s not going to happen this year.”
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And it all starts on Friday night against one of the state’s best programs.
“It should be a real challenge,” Willis said.
Willis hasn’t had too many challenges on the recruiting front. He already has a scholarship offer from SMU and is getting heavy interest from Iowa State, Kansas State, Tulsa and Texas A&M.
“I’d like to hear from Iowa State and K-State when the coaches can call again,” he said. “I really like those Big 12 guys, and they like quarterbacks like me.”
As a junior, Willis earned honorable mention all-state honors and was named newcomer of the year in his district.