A rising prospect from Hollow Rock (Tenn.) has been receiving heightened
interest from the Southeastern Conference and his home state favorite.
"I've heard from pretty much the whole SEC this summer," said Bruceton Central
Willis. "I've got letters from everybody, and UT's coaches have called
me a few times this week. Coach (Mike) Barry called me at home, and my coach
said Phil Fulmer tried to call three times. He was out of the office at the
time, but he got the messages.
"I was glad to hear from them. The UT Vols have always been
my favorite team. I love the way they play defense, which is my favorite thing.
Plus, I got to spend some time around their coaches and campus this summer. It
really felt like home."
Willis (6-2, 218, 4.6, 305 bench) plays inside linebacker
for Bruceton Central. He earned all-state honors as a junior, and opened his
senior season by recording 21 tackles (13 solo) and rushing for 146 yards.
In addition to Tennessee, Willis lists Ole Miss,
Mississippi State, LSU and Vanderbilt in his current top five. "Tennessee and
Ole Miss both want me to come to a game sometime soon," he said.
Outside of the SEC, he's receiving interest from Michigan,
Michigan State, Wake Forest and Memphis.