Marist QB commits to Central Florida

Marist QB Myles Willis

Marist QB Myles Willis

The long commute to Marist may have helped QB Myles Willis, who committed to Central Florida this weekend.

The 5-foot-9, 185-pounder decided to accept his only early football scholarship offer so far, UCF. He also had interest from Boston College, Alabama-Birmingham, Georgia Tech and Mississippi State.

“I’ve really liked Central Florida since I visited during my sophomore year,” Willis said. “I went down there for Junior Day this weekend with all the other recruits this weekend. I had a great time.  Coach [George O’Leary] told me that they haven’t offered many people early. That made me feel really special. I wanted to commit early so I could focus on my senior year of football. So I did it, and I’m satisfied. It’s a great school.”

Willis resides in Conyers and makes a two-hour drive (round-trip) every school day to Marist. Willis enrolled at the Atlanta private school before his freshman year. Marist’s reputation for athletic and academic excellence may have helped Willis with UCF.

“It’s a long drive, but it’s worth it,” Willis said. “I knew with the Marist School’s reputation for student-athletes, it would eventually help me out. Coach O’Leary talked about that. He said he didn’t have to question my character or work ethic because of the school’s reputation.”

Willis plays QB at Marist, but projects to play running back at UCF. He may also play some slot receiver and at Wildcat QB. Other than UCF, Boston College was recruiting Willis the hardest. Willis has a visit planned to Boston College on Saturday and is unsure if he will still go.

What about UGA? “My mom is a UGA grad, and my sister goes there now. I grew up as a UGA fan … but I’ve never got any genuine interest from them. UGA seems more like a business, while UCF has a family feel.”

And Georgia Tech? “There was a period of time, during my tenth grade year, where they were really interested in me. That was my dream school. Then they slowed down contact with me, and that was about at the same time that things picked up with UCF.”

Willis has a 3.0 GPA and plans to major in Marketing.




– By Michael Carvell, AJC Recruiting Blog

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12 comments Add your comment

Big Jim

March 25th, 2012
7:19 pm

Yeah fire it up!


March 25th, 2012
10:04 pm

Listening to all of the UGA recruits lately, pretty sure UGA has the family feel but you are right in that we are all about business this year. No offense to ya, but I dont know if there was any room for 5”9 185lb QB/RB. Wish you the best down in paradise at UCF, but UGA is for the cream of the crop for a while to come.


March 25th, 2012
10:36 pm

Where are all the Dawgs fans talking smack? They don’t when it’s UCF … because we whipped that tail in the bowl game two years ago.


Knights that say 'nee'

March 26th, 2012
6:19 am

Pretty sure that ‘all business’ team that Rdub boasts about got stonewalled and beat down by UCF two seasons ago!


March 26th, 2012
8:58 am

Hey RDUB! You do have a point. But what has UGA really done since Herchel left? Absolutely nothing! USC, Oklahoma, LSU, Alabama, Florida and Ohio State have been down and back up again and has competed for several BCS Championships. Florida has owned you and compared to the nation UGA is tops in Athens that’s it! So yeah you are in the business of recruiting BLUE CHIPPERS but they seem to lack discipline. Crowell is talented but he’s not going to lead you to the promise land because he’s too busy getting high with other teamates! Buttom line is BCS contenders don’t drop balls and would have had a better showing against LSU and certainly would have put M.State away in a game they should have won. Pipe down Rdub! your DAWGS will be in their normal spot behind Bama, LSU, Ohio.St, Oklahoma, Oklahoma. St, Oregon, USC, S. Carolina, Clemson and even Standford. The nation did see UCF beat UGA… still think you have room to talk? UGA hasn’t mattered nationally in a very long time. Put some pretty good players in the NFL though!


March 26th, 2012
11:47 am

Foreal, do stupid people like you only comeout on Monday ? You are a blabbering idiot! When was the lsat time Clemson,Okla State, SC, Stanford, Oregon, won anything in the last 10 years? Now boy go get me some french fries with my order!

George O'Leary > CPJ

March 26th, 2012
11:52 am

And Georgia Tech? “There was a period of time, during my tenth grade year, where they were really interested in me. That was my dream school. Then they slowed down contact with me, and that was about at the same time that things picked up with UCF.”

George O'Leary > CPJ

March 26th, 2012
11:55 am

Wow, CPJ has just been killing it on the recruiting trail lately. Tech Fans – When are we going to wake up and realize the CPJ is a joke and not the answer? Time to stop with the excuses and get a real coach on board.


March 26th, 2012
12:52 pm

lol…some beat down..10-6 with your 12 yard td run being your teams longest run of the game. uga threw their helmet out on the field that day and that was pretty much all they did and uga still alomost won. uga will be playing for national titles for years to come but all team will be doing is yapping about how 3 years ago you finally beat a 6-6 uga team who didnt play hard at all….congrats on the victory and enjoy it while you can.


March 26th, 2012
3:39 pm

As they say a hit DOG2 will hollar! DOG2 if you carefully read the post (if you can). I stated that UGA IS BEHIND ALL OF THOSE TEAMS. BBEEHHIINNDD!!! Now we know why your not DOG#1 LMAO!! Those teams that I mentioned were all in the BCS chase this season! Do you think UGA will beat S. Carolina in Columbia? Lattimore will run for career stats! Clowney will dominate!! and UGA will once again hope for help to get into the SEC CHAMPIONSHIP. BAMA, AUBURN, FLORIDA and LSU all BCS CHAMPS!!! UGA… sec east champs. SHUT YOUR YAPP!!!


March 26th, 2012
3:54 pm

Lattimore is not healthy and Shaw has no downfield passing game

UGA wins

Next prediction of a loss for us douchebag?


March 27th, 2012
4:49 am

Time for the Dawgs to proclaim their self pre-season National Champs!