Clemson holds a commanding lead for this class of 2011 linebacker who's led Alabama's Lincoln High…
Desmond Willis holds two
"Desmond's played for us since he was a freshman," said Martin. "He has good size, strong, put together well, and has become a big playmaker for us. I think he's flown under the radar so far." Martin feels Willis possesses some of the best intangibles for an outside linebacker being looked at by Division 1 programs. "He can fill a hole," states Martin. "He gets to the outside quickly with 4.58 40 speed. It helps that Desmond's a real student of the game. He loves breaking down film. He's done everything we've asked of him, and he's done it the correct way." Martin, 32, had been working under Coach Howard as an assistant at Lincoln prior to Howard's passing. His interim tag has been taken off and he's ready to continue the success Lincoln had under his friend and mentor. Along with Willis, he feels next year's team has some talent. Martin commented, "Nigel Mosley (6-0, 165) at defensive back, Adam Holtman (6-1, 180) plays defensive line and tight end, and Rakeem Truss (5-6, 155) is an athlete who we try to use in different ways with his speed." Desmond Willis, who was named All-Talladega County this past season, looks to shore up the defensive unit this fall at Keith Howard Memorial Stadium in Lincoln. "He's really a super kid," Martin says of Willis. "Excellent manners, 'yes sir-no sir' in his answers. He gets along well with both the players and coaches. His grades are improving to where they need to be. He doesn't get into any trouble. Desmond's been a joy to coach." Willis wears No. 6 for the Golden Bears. In the off-season, Martin says Willis competes for the track team in the shot put and plans to attend camps this summer. Thus far he's been offered scholarships by Clemson and Kentucky. It was a tumultuous season at Lincoln High School. In the season opener against Etowah, head coach Keith Howard passed away suddenly at the tender age of 48. Chad Martin was asked to do his best in rallying the young men of Lincoln together to play football after the tragedy. The team responded by winning seven games, including the one the week following Howard's death with Cleburne County, and by making the 4A state playoffs.
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