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Willis liking Louisville

Cleveland (Ohio) St. Ignatius linebacker Dameon Willis has seen his recruitment progress well since winning the defensive skill MVP award at the Rivals Camp Series presented by Under Armour in April.
The 6-foot, 209-pound Willis holds offers from BCS programs Cincinnati, Indiana, Louisville and Wake Forest and is in no rush to make his college selection.
"I really don't mind taking it into my senior year. I'm not trying to prolong it," Willis said. "It's just a matter of getting down to these schools, seeing them and being around the players. It could possibly come before the first game of the season, but I'm going to take the proper time."
Several Mid-American Conference programs have also extended offers to Willis. The one school that has risen to the top of his list at this stage, however, is Louisville.
"I really have a strong connection with Coach [Tommy] Restivo, Coach [Vance] Bedford and Coach [Charlie] Strong," Willis said. "I've called [Strong] a couple times and we inbox each other on Facebook. I'm pretty close with them."
Willis played safety as a junior, but as he has developed physically most teams are looking at him for a linebacker position. Louisville, however, sees him in a hybrid safety/linebacker role in their defense.
A trip to Louisville is being planned before the summer is out, but Willis does not have a date set for that trip yet. He did attend a camp at Michigan State earlier this summer, and is hoping to add the Spartans to his offer list soon.
"Coach [Pat] Narduzzi received me pretty well even though it was almost like he had never seen any footage or heard of me at first," Willis said. "He was quite impressed and I got to meet Coach [Mark] Dantonio, Coach [Jim] Bollman and the rest of those guys and they said they would be in contact."
Most recently, Willis attended a leadership event at Notre Dame. He was able to swing over to the football side of the university while in South Bend, and met with assistant coach Scott Booker as well as Irish freshmen Isaac Rochell and Greg Bryant.