The Clay Central High defensive end looked beyond the traditional borders of the Southeastern Conference to sign with the Cornhuskers this morning.
There was high mutual interest from Alabama, but considerations for playing time had him looking elsewhere. He had offers from Ole Miss, Vanderbilt and Clemson, and just returned from a visit to Central Arkansas, but the appeal of a far-off land proved the difference.
“It really isn’t that far for me to come home,” he said. “’I’m trying to get partially out of Alabama, start all over again. That’s what I plan on doing.
“When you basically see kids don’t go far away, it kind of tells you it’s going to take them a long time to grow up. I can picture myself going away. It helps me get ready for the real world. It’s going to be great. I’m just ready to go.”
The Huskers had been interested in him for a while but only came through with an official visit late last week – as local residents were digging out of or stymied by the early week ice storm. Luckily, Wills flew out of Montgomery, but he still faced weather-related delays getting there and getting out.
Once he got there, he was hooked.
“Seeing everything was great,” he said. “I wasn’t really thinking hard about it until later on Sunday morning and that’s when I finally made my commitment. I thought that was the best place for me.”
Wills, 6-foot-3 and 251 pounds, played tight end and defensive end for the Volunteers. He scored nine touchdowns on offense and had nine sacks on defense. He is expected to be a specialty-down rush end for the Huskers.