Priest Willis is a 5-star cornerback from Tempe, Arizona that would be a perfect fit with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, but if there's one program that may ruin their plans to recruit the talented defensive back, it would be Florida State.
The Seminoles will be Notre Dame's biggest competition for Willis.
Willis recently took an official visit to FSU, and according to Chris Nee of 247Sports.com, who quotes Willis' stepfather, Mike Walker, the Seminoles have put themselves in good standing with the 5-star defensive back:
With the visit now concluded, Walker says that Florida State has positioned themselves to make a strong bid for Willis’ services over the final month of the recruiting process for the 6-foot-2, 200-pound defensive back.
“They will be in it until the time he gets ready to make his decision,” Walker said. “The visit was very good. It gave us an opportunity to see how the program operates and what it would be like for Priest to be a part of it.”
For the record, Willis' recruitment is down to a top seven, according to 247Sports, which has Arizona State, Florida State, LSU, Nebraska, Notre Dame, UCLA and Virginia all listed as "warm interests."
On paper, Notre Dame still seems like the best fit for Willis. They play an aggressive defense on the front seven, which opens up playmaking opportunities for a corner of Willis' size (6'2'', 200 pounds, according to 247Sports), and that squad will only continue to get better, as Brian Kelly has recruited some very good linebacker prospects in 5-star Jaylon Smith and 4-star Alex Anzalone.
The fit is there for Notre Dame, but it appears as if this Florida State visit may really change the complexion of Willis' recruitment.
Odds ND lands Willis:
At this point, Notre Dame has to hope they can secure that final official visit, but even if they do, their toughest competition in this recruiting battle will be FSU. I wouldn't count the Fighting Irish out just yet, but at this point, Florida State is starting to look like a frontrunner for Willis' commitment.