Willis to announce college choice Tuesday at 3

Tomorrow could be a big day for Indiana’s 2008 football recruiting class.

After visiting Bloomington over the weekend,  highly recruited Indianapolis running back Darius Willis will announce his college choice Tuesday at 3 p.m. at Franklin Central High School.

Willis has been considering IU, Purdue, Kentucky and Boston College, according to Franklin Central coach Lance Schieb.

Scheib said Willis’ visit to IU was “fantastic.”

“He had a great weekend and was excited to have his parents come and meet with coach Lynch,” Scheib said.

Willis, at 6-foot, 215 pounds, would give the Hoosiers a combination of size and speed they haven’t had recently at running back.

Willis has size, strength and speed, while many running backs have only two of those three qualities, Scheib said.

“His number one strength is his character,” Scheib said. “In the two years we’ve had him, he’s never taken a play off.  With his other abilities, that’s probably as good a situation as you can have with a running back.”


  1. The IU Football program is truely on the rise: Bucket win, Lynch with 4-year contract, Insight Bowl invite and now the #6 RB in the county/4-star recruit very likely staying HOME in INDIANA. It’s only going to get better, so jump on board and enjoy the journey!

  2. Ok, any guesses? Any rumors? I would love to have this guy. Not just because he sounds like he’s awesome, but because he’s an Indiana boy. Mike P, any thoughts of what you think is going to happen? Chris, Zak, Doug?

  3. Cate, I don’t know this for sure, but I think Willis is going to pick IU. I’ve been hearing through the grapevine for a week or so that IU’s coaches were confident about Willis and the timing of the announcement seems to point to IU. He and his parents just finished a visit to IU and were supposed to go to Boston College next week, but instead he’s decided to make his announcement now. It sounds like the “fantastic” visit sealed the deal, but that’s just speculation on my part.

  4. WR Tyler Adetona from Georgia just de-committed from Troy and committed to IU. If Willis commits tomorrow it would be a great two days. Go Hoosiers!

  5. That would be a great win in recruiting for us. And it might get a few more butts in the seats with an Indy Prep star in the backfield. Let’s keep our fingers crossed!

  6. Sources close to the situation continue to indicate that Willis is expected to sign with IU. We’ll be headed up to Franklin Central in a couple of hours and will provide updates ASAP.

  7. Not that people will walk away feeling any better than they will after reading Dougs comment but my source is saying the same thing. IU bound.

  8. I can’t get my source to say yes or no, only that I should be happy with the announcement. I was then reminded that he spent all weekend at IU, came home, canceled his visit to BC, and scheduled a press conference for today. All signs are pointing at IU.

    Ron – Where are you getting recruiting ratings from? Last I checked scout.com, Willis was ranked #43 at RB in the nation. Very underrated if you have never seen him play.

  9. This is from an interview with his coach:

    Willis’ high school coach, Lance Scheib, said the visit went very well for his standout runner.

    “It was a great visit,” Scheib said. “It was great for Darius to be able to spend some time with Coach Lynch and for his family to be able to be there and talk with him and the staff as well. It was a really good trip for Darius.”

    Senior Stats – 289 carries for 1,728 yards and 28 touchdowns while playing against the 12th ranked schedule in the State this year, this is out of 318 high schools that play football in Indiana.

  10. I agree Mike. Havent seen him ‘rated’ as high as Ron stated but I PROMISE this kid is something special. He is large in size (6’0 210) plus he not only ran over people but he used his speed to get around the outside and just absolutely blow by people. He also breaks tackles. He is going to have some runs that will have jaws drop. He is going to be enjoyable to watch in the cream and crimson.

  11. I have seen him in person 3 times, twice this year alone. What his stats don’t tell you is his line was mediocre at best. South was able to get in the backfield and hit him when he was getting the ball handed off, and he still ran for around 100 yards and had 60+ in receiving. I have been told he has bulked up to about 220, while cutting his 40 speed to a flat 4.3

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