According to his official Twitter page, Arizona Western Junior College cornerback Nate Willis has committed to the University of Kentucky:
— Nate Willis (@TheReal_SlickP) January 16, 2013
He held offers from West Virginia, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, and Arkansas among others. He was a 3-star prospect on ESPN, Rivals, and Scout. He is also rated as the #3 JuCO cornerback in the country by 247Sports.
With the recent departures of Marcus Caffey and Johnathan Reed, Willis not only gives UK some desperately-needed depth, but could come in and compete for a starting role this year. Willis can also play free safety, and his 4.4 40 time allows him to cover the field like an SEC defensive back.
Kentucky has been a favorite of mine since it was announced that coach (Mark) Stoops was hired up there. Being a Florida guy, I always liked watching Florida State play and the kind of defenses they had. I didn’t hear too much from them when they were at Florida State, though, so it kind of surprised me when I got the call that they wanted me to come to Kentucky. I was excited about it. A chance to play in the SEC is something I always dreamed about when I was younger. I was a big fan of the Florida Gators, but I liked watching all the teams in the SEC.