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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Ypsilanti 2018 FS/CB Deon Willis Player Profile and Interview

- Most recent update: 5/29/2017
  • High School:
    • Ypsilanti
  • Graduation Year:
    • 2018
  • Primary Position:
    • FS
  • Secondary Position (s):
    • CB and MLB
  • Height:
    • 5'10"
  • Weight:
    • 170 lbs
  • Anticipated Major:
    • Actuarial Science, Business or Mechanical Engineering
  • Experience:
    • 1 Year Varsity 2 Years JV
  • Stats:
    • Varsity Stats (1 Season): 
      • 44 Solo Tackles
      • 28 Assisted Tackles 
      • 10 Tackles for Loss
      • 1 INT 
      • 1 Fumble Recovery
    • Junior Varsity Stats (2 Seasons):
      • 105 Tackles 
      • 27 Assisted Tackles 
      • 22 TFL
      • 2 Touchdowns 
      • 1 Punt Return
      • 2 Interceptions 
      • 2 Fumble Recoveries
      • 1 Sack
  • Colleges that you are interested in:
    • Bowling Green University
    • Columbia University
    • Johns Hopkins University
    • University of Michigan 
    • Western Michigan University
    • University of Cincinnati
    • Harvard University
    • Yale University
  • Colleges that have shown you interest:
    • Bowling Green University 
    • St. Francis (Illinois) University
    • Concordia University Ann Arbor
  • Intangibles:
    • Being the captain of my High School's defense, I study our opponents to a high degree which ensures that my team is prepared once we step on the football field. With my coaches, usually a day or two before the game we would draw up our opponent's offensive formations against our defensive front in order to visually see how we plan to attack their offense. This gave me a competitive edge, because I was able to recognize offensive tendencies on film making it so that I was almost always at the right place when the ball was snapped. In my opinion, I gave an advantage before the play whether it is the opposing runningback's eyes pointing to where he'll run, the quarterback looking twice at the receiver he'll throw the ball too or how hard hard the receiver comes off of the ball I can almost always diagnose the play before it is run.
  • How I play the game:
    • I play the game smart, because I take into account the down and distance of each play and the likelihood of a pass or a run. Along with my knowledge of the game, I am a very coachable Student-Athlete whenever I am being critiqued I just listen and do as my coaches say, my reasoning for that is they have lives longer than me therefore they have seen more things in the game of football than I have up to this point in my career.
  • Outlook on High School Football and it's experiences
    • I would like to earn a football scholarship and compete at a NCAA Division 1 university while maintaining a high GPA in my classes. I would like to attend a University that has high academic achievement to ensure that I will have a decent life and career after football in the workforce. 
  • Discuss the potential opportunity or the opportunity of playing on the next level
    • Playing at the Next Level is important to me simply because I love the sport and I want to prolong my career playing it with a band of brothers. Football has been apart of my life since I was 5, it has taught me so much about life, proper planning, and heart so to continue playing football at the next level would teach me those 3 things and much more. Lastly, I know that college can be expensive and for Colleges that I would like to attend in the IVY League I feel football would provide the most complete way in order to earn an education that would be unrealistic without the sport. 
  • Other accolades and/or awards or miscellaneous
    • 3x Defensive MVP 

HUDL Highlights

  • Hillsdale camp - 7/15/2017
  • Grand Valley State camp - 7/9/2017
  • Ferris State camp - 6/20/2017
  • Northwestern camp - 6/10/2017
  • Wayne State camp - 6/4/2017
  • Eastern Michigan camp - 6/3/2017

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