"It feels really good," he said. "Just knowing how IU's willing to offer me. I guess me and my family are really happy to get an offer from there."
The 6'2, 275-lb Willis played both ways last year, but projects as an interior defensive lineman. That's where he worked with the Hoosiers at their camp and he says he really enjoyed the staff.
"The coaching staff is great, how they coached and how they keep the kids. They don't just let anyone wander off. They tried to make friends with us and then they knew when it was time to be serious when we got on the field."
Lawrence Central has sent a few players to IU the past couple years, and the Hoosiers have also offered Willis' classmates Brandon Lee and Kenny Jones, but he says they have not talked about all going to the same place.
"I guess it depends on good people at the school, academics, the location and the coaches."