Priest Willis is a physical cornerback with the goods to make a significant impact at the college level.
This 6'2", 200-pound recruit is rated as a four-star player by 247Sports. They have him as their 28th-ranked recruit in their top 247 and as the third-rated corner in this class.
Willis hails from Tempe, Ariz., and he has been drawing plenty of interest from major college programs, which is not at all surprising.
His size is rare for a corner, and it will allow him to match up with bigger receivers. This is not to suggest that he relies on his size alone; rather, it is an added bonus.
Willis has impressive ball skills and understands how to use his body to help him win jump-ball situations. In addition, his natural speed and instincts enable him to cover a ton of ground.
Receivers are going to have a hard time beating him deep. However, it is with the quicker receivers underneath where he might struggle.
While Willis has a good burst, he could stand to be more fluid coming out of his breaks. This is not surprising, as that is a big reason why corners his size are rare.
To help alleviate this, Willis needs to get better on the line in bump-and-run coverage. He has the strength that will make it very hard for smaller receivers to get off the ball.
Willis will not be an asset only in pass defense, either; he is an excellent tackler and has the size and strength to seal the edge in run defense.
Given his size and the fact that he has room to add bulk, a switch to safety is not out of the question. However, he projects to be an excellent corner, if that switch doesn't happen.
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Unless otherwise noted, all recruiting star ratings are courtesy of 247Sports' composite system.
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