Ohio State might want to grab the film of Saturday’s 49-13 win by Cleveland St. Ignatius over De La Salle (Mich.) and key in on 2014 safety Dameon Willis Jr.
Faced with the daunting task of playing against the No. 26 player in the ESPN 150, Willis and the Wildcats made Shane Morris look ordinary in a 9-of-22, 104-yard, two-interception performance.
The Buckeyes have interest as well as Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame and now Pittsburgh.
Willis looked at it as just a primer for Friday’s game against Mentor and North Carolina commit Mitch Trubisky.
“We were getting our depth in the secondary and making sure the linebackers could make plays,” Willis said. “This week and next week is DB week, so you try to make plays.”
A year ago, St. Ignatius knocked out Mentor 23-17 in playoffs en route to its 11th state championship, so using Morris and De La Salle as a litmus test for Friday was big, especially in the minds of the Wildcats defense, which has shut down Morris and 2015 super athlete Eric Glover of Canton McKinley in the last three weeks.
“This helped a whole lot,” Willis said. “We know what we’re going up against. We didn’t know what we were going up against this week [against Morris]. We know what next week is. We’ll be ready.”
While he still loves Ohio State and Michigan, Willis won’t shy away from his latest interest from the Panthers, either.
“Any exposure I can get is great,” Willis said.