5-Star DB Priest Willis: Why Nebraska Holds Edge over LSU, Notre Dame for Now

Andrew Kulha@@AKonSportsSenior Analyst IIIOctober 31, 2012

It seems as if the Nebraska Cornhuskers have gained a slight edge over LSU and Notre Dame for the commitment of 5-star defensive back Priest Willis.

The problem is, their recruiting edge may not last for long. I can only give it to them for now.

According to Erik McKinney of ESPN Recruiting Nation, the visit to Nebraska appeared to impress the talented 5-star corner out of Tempe, Arizona:

"It was really fun," Willis said of his first trip to the Nebraska campus. "Outside of football, there's really not much to do, but the feeling at the game was overwhelming and the tunnel walk was pretty awesome."

Nebraska's fans certainly made an impression on the recruit ranked No. 58 in the country.

"I know their fans travel well and are very loyal," Willis said. "That's definitely a football town. All there was was Nebraska football. The stadium was packed hours before the game and there were fans everywhere. They are very loyal and they knew all the recruits names during the tunnel walk."

Willis has the chance to be a very good player in college. He's 6'2'', 200 pounds and runs a tremendous 4.42 40-yard dash, according to Rivals.com. He's one of the elite players in this 2013 class—he's the No. 5-ranked corner according to the 247Sports' composite rankings—and these quotes would lead one to believe that Nebraska is in very good standing with him.

Willis did confirm that Nebraska is still still high on his list in McKinney's report, so that should be very encouraging news for Nebraska fans as well. With programs like LSU, Notre Dame, UCLA and Texas also high on his interest list, via 247Sports, the Cornhuskers will need every advantage they can get.

The thing is, Nebraska may hold the current advantage, but it's going to be hard to out-recruit the likes of Notre Dame and LSU for the 5-star corner, considering the season both of those programs are having.

The Fighting Irish are undefeated, have their sights set on a National Championship and have a huge need at the cornerback position. LSU, on the other hand, only has one loss and is facing the opportunity to shake things up in the SEC West with a win over Alabama this weekend. Of course, the fact that it is a huge football powerhouse doesn't hurt its cause either.

Both of those programs are undoubtedly elite, and that's from a national standpoint.

While Nebraska is certainly a major factor in the Big Ten with a ton of football tradition, it's going to be tough to pin its program against the likes of LSU and Notre Dame and come away looking like the best option.

That's not even counting Texas, UCLA or any other outlier schools.

McKinney's report did say that Willis is trying to visit LSU or UCLA, and he has an official visit set up to Virginia, so it appears as if Willis' feelings for Nebraska may be challenged in the near future.

Nebraska did a great job of getting the initial edge for Willis, but it will be hard to keep when going up against the other recruiting superpowers that are in the race for the 5-star defensive back.

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