In 2011, Fort Meade (Fla.) produced a pair of Division I signees. They are looking to continue that trend in 2012 and the leading candidate to land on the national radar is 6-foot-2, 195-pound linebacker Jamie Willis. The outside linebacker prospect holds one early offer.
"The only one I have so far is the Indiana Hoosiers," Willis said. "They told me (over the phone) a couple of weeks ago during one of my 7-on-7 all-star practices. They were telling me about the climate up there. They said they need more Florida swag on their team. They talked about being 25 minutes from the Indianapolis Colts. They just said they would like me and one of my teammates to come there and bring some of that Florida swag."
In addition to the Hoosiers, Willis said he has been shown interest from a number of different schools including Auburn, Missouri, Florida State, South Florida, East Carolina, Tennessee, and Oregon.
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Willis visited the campus of South Florida back in February. He came away impressed by what he saw from Skip Holtz' program.
"When I got there it seemed like everybody already knew me so I felt welcomed," Willis said. "They showed us the new practice fields, including one that is turf and one like Raymond James Stadium. They also showed the rehabilitation area for players where they have a big pool, ice tub, and one that has heat in it. They also showed us all the high-tech stuff they have that they provide for the players. They gave us a tour of everything."
The highlight of the visit was learning what it is like to be a member of the Bulls, from current members of the team.
"They took us in a room and had a lot of the players talk to us about how everything works up there," Willis said. "They just told us of what is going on there and how things are if you play there."
When it comes time to make a decision, Willis is simply looking for somewhere that he can make an impact.
"I just want to have a good opportunity to play somewhere," Willis said. "Whoever has the best offer for me, that is going to be the place that I choose."
Willis will be participating at the BadgerSports 7-on-7 held on the University of South Florida's campus this coming weekend.