75 MINUS 40 DAYS TO KICKOFF: Jordan Willis

Pop quiz: Who has a better seated box jump than the Houston Texans' J.J. Watt? Incoming K-State recruit Jordan Willis. - USA TODAY Sports

In which BracketCat counts down the 35th day until kickoff with a profile of defensive end Jordan Willis.

Well, it was bound to happen eventually. This is the first of several repeats that became necessary after the official online roster was updated and I found that I had predicted a few numbers incorrectly for incoming players.


#75 Jordan Willis
True Freshman
6-5 | 250
Raymore-Peculiar, Mo.


Position: Defensive End

Previous College: None

Projection: Redshirt

Status: On Scholarship

Jordan Willis is a freak of nature, pure and simple. Although some question whether he leaves it all on the field at the high school level, there is no doubt in my mind that Bill Snyder is going to mine every ounce of talent out of him.

You can watch Willis' highlight video here, but I actually recommend Googling him and finding any one of several videos of him in the weight room. The dude is a workout warrior.

There's one video of him doing a seated box jump of 57 inches and another of 60. That's more than first-round draft pick and explosive Houston Texans starter J.J. Watt did during the NFL Combine. And Willis was in high school.

A three-year letterman for the Hawklets and a 2012 Kansas City Star All-Metro first-team performer, Willis recorded 58 tackles and nine sacks during his senior season.

He was named to the MaxPreps 2012 Missouri preseason All-State team prior to his senior year, after amassing 60 total tackles and 13 sacks during his junior campaign.

Willis helped Rockhurst to a Class 6 Missouri state championship and a 13-0 finish as a sophomore in 2010.

Although I suspect the coaches will elect to redshirt this physical talent, it wouldn't surprise me in the least if he made his way on to the field in 2013, given our major concerns about defensive end talent right now.

Hell, Willis might even start. Considering we'll be lucky to have him for more than three seasons anyway, why not?

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