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.
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