Nate Willis has committed to Kentucky. Willis, a 3-star CB/FS JUCO from Arizona, has asked to come in and be an immediate starter for the Cats, and has the talent to back it up. According to Rivals’ Justin Rowland, Willis intends to be a “one-and-done” in college. Last week, Rashawn Franklin did an in-depth profile of Willis, which I encourage you to check out below:
Nate Willis, CB/FS
Weight” 180 lbs.
40 time: 4.4
Junior College: Arizona Western C.C. (2013)
-An explosive kick returner. Willis is a combination of great vision and 4.4 speed that could be deemed as illegal. He is able to beat guys with his great lateral movement but also has blinding speed at his disposal that allows him to outrun entire special team units.
-Interchangeable positions. Willis’ ability to play both corner and free safety would have better serviced former defensive coordinator Rick Minter. Willis will play corner at UK but he doesn’t lose much ability when he switches positions. At safety, he’s able to play the deep-half of the field without much consequence, routinely baiting quarterbacks into bad decisions. At corner, he plays close to the line of scrimmage and uses his length and physicality to disrupt the timing of the opposing wide receivers’ routes. He is rarely outran because of his elite speed.
-A vicious hitter. Willis is one of the more physical defensive backs I’ve seen in a while. Whenever he has a chance to tackle an opposing player, it is a devastating hit almost every time. He plays the run game extremely well for a guy his size and isn’t afraid to slow down an oncoming running back. On tape, he looks ready for the physical nature of the SEC.