December 9, 2009
Willis talks about NCAA inquiry
The news of possible recruiting violations by the Tennessee football program wasn't news to Duncan, S.C., native and Vols commitment Brandon Willis. The NCAA has already been to Byrnes High School to talk to Willis and his teammates, Corey Miller and Marcus Lattimore.
"It had to have been coaches from other schools that turned Tennessee in," Willis said. "They probably got jealous when they saw the girls at the game. We did nothing wrong and neither did the girls. They stayed in a hotel alone and didn't even have anything to do with us beside watching us play. I've talked with coach (Lane) Kiffin and coach (David) Reaves and they assured me that everything is fine."
Willis has acquired the attention of Tennessee fans for his recent trips to North Carolina and UCLA. He also is planning trips to California and Miami. So far, Tennessee still stands head and shoulders above the other four schools.
"None of the other schools have compared to Tennessee," Willis said. "I'm taking my visits, but I'll be at Tennessee. I just want to see what else is out there."
Willis will be a member of the East team, coached by Maryville coach George Quarle,s at the U.S. Army All-American Game next month in San Antonio, Texas. Lattimore will join him in San Antonio, but Miller is headed for the Under Armour game.
"He had a chance to come to the Army game, but he wanted to be different," Willis said. "It would have been the first time in history that three teammates were in the game at the same time. I think he wishes he were playing in that game now."
Willis is unsure of the final two visits due to the pending move of his father, Gary, to Jacksonville, Fla., due to a job transfer.
Asked to put a percentage on the chances that he ends up enrolling at Tennessee in early January, Willis left himself just a little wiggle room.
"I'd say 90 percent," Willis said. "If nothing changes then I'll be at Tennessee. There are rumors about coaches leaving, but if that doesn't happen then I'll be there."
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