North Carolina

Commitment Status:Signed LOI

Brandon Willis

College Choices

School Interest Offer Visit Recruited by
N. CarolinaCOMMITTED (01/13/2010)Offered11/14/2009John Blake
AlabamaNoneOfferedNoneBurton Burns
CaliforniaNoneOfferedNoneTosh Lupoi
ClemsonNoneOfferedNoneBilly Napier
Florida St.NoneOfferedNoneOdell Haggins
Miami (FL)NoneOffered12/18/2009
South CarolinaNoneOfferedNoneBrad Lawing
Texas A&MNoneOfferedNone

Scouting Report on Brandon Willis

How we scouted: Film footage, In-person visits, Game setting, Campby Barry Every - 08/17/2009
  • SpeedDivision I Player
  • SizeBlue Chip
  • StrengthBlue Chip
  • AgilityDivision I Player
  • Lateral PursuitBlue Chip
On the Hoof: Willis has a very thick and developed lower body with an undersized upper body that can hold another 20 pounds.
Needs Improvement: Along with much-needed upper body muscle mass, he needs to work on getting off the snap of the ball quicker.
Most Impressive: He is an extremely hard worker that plays every snap at 110 percent and he is very coachable. Willis also does not lack confidence and is self motivated to be great.
Conclusion: May see some early playing time as a strongside defensive end until he physically matures. Once he fills out, he will definitely play defensive tackle and prove to be a run-stopping machine.

Barry Every is a Football Recruiting Analyst for He has worked in the recruiting offices for Mark Richt at the University of Georgia, Bobby Bowden at Florida State University and Mack Brown at the University of North Carolina

Latest News

Willis finds new home08/19/2010

Thursday morning after North Carolina's practice head coach Butch Davis announced that Brandon Willis has withdrawn from the school and plans to transfer. The freshmen defensive tackle, who played in the U.S. Army All-American game, has already found his new destination, as first-reported by

Signing Day Blitz: Ranking the ACC02/04/ Football Recruiting
Willis begins UNC journey02/03/
Brandon Willis headed to North Carolina01/13/ Football Recruiting
Army Bowl: Breaking down the matchups01/08/ Football Recruiting
Army Bowl starting lineups released01/07/ Football Recruiting
Army: East Team Wednesday stars01/06/ Football Recruiting
Army recruiting notes: Elam in the spotlight01/06/ Football Recruiting
Life as a Tennessee commitment01/04/ Football Recruiting
Army recruiting notes: OSU/USC for Henderson?01/04/ Football Recruiting
Willis ready to announce01/03/ Football Recruiting
Sizing up the Army Bowl rosters01/02/ Football Recruiting
Willis decommits from Tennessee01/02/ Football Recruiting
Under Armour Notes: Commitments coming12/31/ Football Recruiting
From the Road: S.C. state championships12/23/ Football Recruiting
DT takes Cane visit, sets announcement date12/20/
Shrine Bowl recruiting breakdown12/19/ Football Recruiting
Shrine Bowl Notes: Quarles keeping secrets?12/18/ Football Recruiting
4-star DT to decide after UM visit this weekend12/14/
Shrine Bowl loaded with big-time talent12/12/ Football Recruiting
Thomason catches winning TD in North-South12/12/
Willis talks about NCAA inquiry12/09/
Willis enjoys official visit to UNC11/17/
Is Georgia back in it with in state tackle?09/19/
Video: Brandon Willis off the edge09/16/
FSU back in it with five-star?09/14/
FSU commitment working on teammate to join him09/05/
AMP: Brandon Willis talks top five09/04/ Football Recruiting
Where does FSU stand with Brandon Willis?08/19/
Calif. state ranking loaded with talent08/05/ Football Recruiting
Willis checks out Cal07/26/
Willis glad to return to FSU, talks Showtime07/21/
Willis breaks it down07/14/
Willis names his final five06/30/
Miller narrows his list to five06/29/
Whispers: Lupoi has Cal in the national mix06/24/ Football Recruiting
Willis discusses UNC camp stop06/22/
Tennessee lineman camp top performers06/02/ Football Recruiting
AMP: DL dominates at Vols' camp06/02/ Football Recruiting
Defensive linemen shine at Tennessee camp06/02/ Football Recruiting
Willis likes the Vol staff06/02/
Talent shines across field at Vols' camp06/01/
Vols, Gators moving in on Willis05/29/ Football Recruiting
Third Byrnes player gets UGA offers05/14/
FSU coaches invade Byrnes practice05/11/
Miller breaks down his recruiting05/01/
Willis goes in depth about Florida State04/30/
Athens Nike Camp Hot 1104/26/ Football Recruiting
Pass rushers put on show at Athens Nike04/26/ Football Recruiting
DE Willis favors three04/13/ Football Recruiting
Scouting Defensive Prospects04/10/
Willis visits Columbia03/02/
Tide looking to raid SC powerhouse03/01/
Warchant TV: Brandon Willis Interview01/31/
UGA welcomes top talent to Junior Day01/31/
Carolina on Willis' radar01/29/
LSU offers elite DT01/28/
FSU hoping Byrnes pipeline starts flowing01/25/
Scouting some of the best in S.C. and Tenn.12/08/ Football Recruiting
Lattimore leads Byrnes to another title12/08/ Football Recruiting
Duncan (S.C.) Byrnes boasts 2010 stars12/01/ Football Recruiting
2010 Spotlight: Defensive Line11/25/
Notebook: Byrnes invades FSU11/14/
Recruiting Notebook: Official Business11/05/
Rivals250 to Watch: Five-star candidates11/05/ Football Recruiting
Willis enjoyed Carolina game10/22/
Byrnes 2010 DL duo visits Georgia10/13/
Byrnes Jr. grabs Carolina offer10/10/
Dawgs eye four Byrnes Rebels Friday night10/06/
Willis makes fall plans08/13/
Third time is the charm07/21/
Junior DL Grabs SEC Offer07/20/
Stars Perform at Dawg Night07/19/
Notebook: McAllister coming for a week07/10/
Residing on top07/09/
Something to remember06/10/
Bowden Camp Gallery I06/08/
Taking the lead05/28/
Video: Brandon Willis Makes Plays05/26/
Clemson offers two 2010 in-state prospects05/16/
A&M offers pair of sophomore teammates05/13/
Outstanding underclassman01/30/


2008 (Jr.)--1442413
2007 (So.)4063-174

Brandon Willis reminds us of...

Phillip Merling - DE Memphis, TN Ht: 6'4"Wt: 295 lbs Team: Miami Dolphins