Priest Willis (Tempe, Ariz./Marcos de Niza), potentially one of the top defensive backs on the West Coast in the Class of 2013, had an impressive showing at the Semper Fi combine last week and has two early offers on the table.
Willis is a big corner, 6-foot-2 and 203 pounds, and was rated among the top-10 overall participants at the event. He also qualified for the fastest man competition after clocking a 4.56 40.
Willis earned all-area and HM all-state honors this past season after totaling 52 tackles and two interceptions. He’s a very physical corner who loves to hit and has the size and toughness to move to safety if he outgrows the corner position down the line.
On the recruiting front, Arizona State and Purdue have already offered and several other schools could be close as well.
“We’re going to take several unofficial visits,” Willis’ father Michael Walker said. “We’re planning to attend junior days at Missouri and Virginia and would also like to visit Oklahoma and Nebraska at some point. Miami and Florida State have also reached out and Virginia said they’re about 90 percent set on offering but just want to see him in person first.
“A lot of schools have said that actually. I think once they see him and see how big he is, more offers will come. I already talked with Charlie Ragle at Arizona, we played against Chaparral last year and he said they’re not even focusing on 2013 kids right now but said Priest is a no brainer for sure.”
Willis is originally from Florida but the family moved out to Arizona about 10 years ago.
“We’re open to all schools right now,” Walker said. “He likes both in-state schools, we’re planning those other visits and also may check out UCLA pretty soon too. We’re going to be in Los Angeles for a camp and Priest has a lot of interest in UCLA so we’ll try and swing by for a visit if we can work it in to the schedule.”