Priest Willis heard about Arizona State's new philosophy about only going after high-character players and putting more of a focus on in-state recruiting.
This past weekend the Tempe (Ariz.) Marcos De Niza safety got a first-hand look at what all that meant as he and some of the other top-rated players in the state of Arizona got a chance to meet Arizona State's new coaching staff and get a campus tour.
For Willis, it was everything he expected and even more.
"Those guys came in and changed everything," Willis said. "They said there were going to change things and they did.
"They're looking for people with high character and the people I saw around, all they have is high character. It was a great experience for me. They're looking for change and with their focus on recruiting in-state kids that's something I really like."
Willis is a 6-foot-2, 200-pound prospect who already has offers from Arizona, Arizona State and Purdue.
He recently took an unofficial visit to USC and now has visited with the Sun Devils as well. Oklahoma State has been showing lots of recent interest.
One of the many things that stood out to Willis about this past weekend's trip to Arizona State was that only the top players were invited. This wasn't a normal junior day with a bunch of prospects there.
Willis felt special attention was paid to him and the other standouts and that meant a lot to him as his recruitment moves forward.
"It was good," Willis said. "All the recruits were there and it was really cool. I like the atmosphere and they made us all feel welcome.
"It was just the best of the best. There were only a few of us and that was really cool."