Wichita Falls Rider ATH Anquan Willis holds first offers from SMU and Texas Tech
Wichita Falls Rider 2023 RB/LB Anquan Willis (6’1, 220) had a terrific junior season, leading the Raiders into a long playoff streak.
Willis could smile and keep a positive attitude even during a tough time after a season-ending loss to Lubbock Cooper. Something very evident as DCTF spoke to him after the game about the success of the season and the direction his program will take from now on.
“I feel like we’ve come a long way. We made a lot of memories together. It felt like that was it,” Willis said. “We will definitely work twice as hard.”
Despite an uphill battle on Friday, Willis was able to show his ability on both sides of the ball against a physical Cooper team from the get-go.
Willis opened the game with two sacks from the rim, helping set the tone for what would end up being a low-scoring crusher. At the end of the match, he would end up with three (sacks) in total. The most notable trait he displayed was a quick first step and violent behavior at the point of contact.
Offensively, Willis could never really break away, but he showed some of the potential he displayed for the duration of the season. A campaign in which Willis broke school records for touchdowns and points scored in a season.
A good way to describe Willis’ racing style is fierce and determined. He doesn’t necessarily have that “next gear”, but he has enough speed paired with an intimidation style to get the job done with prep-level effectiveness.
Recently, Willis’ name started popping up on the recruiting trail. Although it’s still early days, SMU and Texas Tech have decided to extend the offers to others who are beginning to show interest. Schools contacting the Rider star include Houston, Oklahoma State and Vanderbilt.
Regarding Texas Tech, head coach Joey McGuire offered Willis a phone call on the sidelines postgame in a playoff win over Carrollton Creekview. The moment was captured on a video that has gone viral worldwide TXHSFB. Since then, Willis reports that the two have built a relationship.
“My first offer was Texas Tech. He (Joey McGuire) called me on the phone, and we’re still talking today. It’s a good college, and I could see myself playing there,” Willis told DCTF. .
SMU followed a few days later. However, with the recent coaching change on The Hilltop, the status of this deal is a bit unknown at this point. Nonetheless, Willis praised the Mustangs and noted the campus as something that stands out for him.
Willis noted that he had a positional preference. While its Texas Tech offering was at linebacker, the Rider product enjoys the scoring aspect of playing running back.
“I know my Texas Tech offer was at linebacker,” Willis said. “I’ve always played running back and center linebacker. I like hitting people, sure, but I also like scoring touchdowns.”
Another interesting note is that he grew up a Florida fan. That sentiment still holds true for Willis, and it would be a dream offer for the rising star.
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