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Willis talks about possible PSU offer, visit

12/17/2012

Three-star athlete Myles Willis has been hearing a lot from Penn State assistant Ted Roof recently -- and he's expecting to field an important call from him again this week.

"He came to my school Friday and we sat down in the coach's office and we talked," Willis said. "He told me I should be hearing back this week about an offer. They're probably going to offer me as a cornerback."

The senior out of Atlanta (Ga.) Marist remains committed to Boston College, but he plans to schedule an official visit to Happy Valley soon after receiving that offer. He also hopes to fly to Chestnut Hill, Mass., to meet the Eagles' new coaching staff and attend a hockey game.

Both visits will come in January.

"I want to give Boston College time to recruit me because I don't know much about them," he said, referring to the new staff. "I like Coach [Steve] Addazio's energy, and his resume is pretty good, but I still want to learn a little bit more about them. I want to meet my position coach and stuff like that.

"And while that's happening, signing day's getting closer. So now Penn State's probably a new offer that's out there, and I don't want to leave anything unturned. Boston College is still my favorite, that's my No. 1, but Penn State still has a chance."

The 5-foot-9, 180-pound recruit is also still hearing from UConn and Wake Forest, but he had no immediate plans to schedule future visits there. He already saw both campuses over the summer.

He's still learning about the Nittany Lions, and he said his initial interest mainly derived from Roof's reputation in Georgia. Former teammates and coaches have lauded Roof, so Willis wanted to give him a chance.

And Roof has tried to make the most of that opportunity. The two chat every week, and Roof attended his game two weeks ago before seeing him in school again Friday. The athlete, whom Boston College wants as a tailback, also met with Addazio shortly after he was named head coach as part of an in-home visit.

Willis said Roof's passion and humor were easy to spot, and the main question he wanted answered involved the coach's defensive coverage philosophy. He wasn't disappointed with the answer.

"He said he likes a lot of man coverage but last year they ran a lot of zone coverage because the safeties were kind of young," Willis said. "But he thinks I could pick up man coverage pretty easily; it was good to meet with him."