By Jerry Williamson
The three things that quickly comes to mind when breaking down film -- on the Virginia native linebacker, Aaron Willis, is his hard-hitting, physicality and instincts. Moreover, he's the playmaker on defense, that offensive coordinator must game plan for the entire week.
His film immediately catches your attention -- appearing as the best player on the film, as well as having the presence and skill-set that makes others around him step their game up, like a Ray Lewis, Patrick Willis and Luke Kuechly. Willis, an eighth-grade starting inside linebacker for Central VA Hurricanes 14U, a member of the American Youth Football (AYF), is everything as advertised. Generation Nexxt rated the future phenom, as the Class of 2021 No. 2 overall prospect in the country, and the top defensive athlete.
Here's a note, Willis, who currently stands 6'0, 190-pounds -- earned the defensive MVP award and broke the single game tackle record, participating in two All-American Bowls as an eighth-grader. In both games, Willis, recorded 39 tackles and a force fumble, making a notable game assembled with the best-of-the-best in the country, appear as a basketball open-run.
"My goal is to become the best defensive player you ever seen on the field and in the classroom" said Willis. Willis caused 23 force fumbles as an eighth-grader. That's not an error folks. He (Willis) and Ft. Lauderdale Hurricanes (FL) eighth-grade running Amari Daniels, offensively and defensively, have taken youth football by storm the past two seasons.
The three-time All-American selection registered 291-tackles, 34-sacks, 29 force fumbles and 7 interceptions over a two-year span, as the vocal leader of the Hurricanes squad that captured several titles and advanced to the National Championship. His favorite college football team is Florida State University. When asked why? "I like FSU, because of their attitude, and how they set a goal and do whatever it takes to meet their goal and their uniforms are sweet" said Willis.
Speaking of college football, Willis, has camped at Virginia Tech, Virginia and Maryland and is on their radar. I'm shocked -- a college football program hasn't verbally offered this young man. Willis has the frame, talent, academics (honor roll student) and is a leader. Willis will have an opportunity to compete for a spot in the varsity team as an incoming freshman for St. Francis Academy (Maryland), and there's a strong possibility, he'll crack the starting lineup for the season opener. Willis is a head of the game, making it known, he'll major in sports medicine come college.
His favorite linebacker is Lawerence Taylor. "I like how he played the game. He was a leader, and played with a chip on his shoulder. He was fearless and demanded respect. The same way I play the game at the position" said Willis. Willis is an incoming freshman -- I can easily see racking up a 100 tackles as a varsity starter out the gate.
He leads by example, and shines on the biggest stage. Willis already has the frame of a highly sought after defensive back at 6'0, 190-pounds, with still three months remaining, before the start of his freshman season.
His coach loves his work ethic and pointed out, he's also easy to coach. Willis says his mother pushes him in-and-out of the classroom, telling him to be the best and there's no limits. The sky is the limit, for the promising soon-to-be ninth grade varsity starter.