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75 DAYS TO KICKOFF: Jordan Willis

In which BracketCat counts down the 75th day until kickoff with a profile of defensive end Jordan Willis.


#75 Jordan Willis
True Sophomore
6-5 | 250
Kansas City, Mo.


Position: Defensive End

Previous College: None

Projection: Second-String

Status: On Scholarship

Jordan Jonathan Willis (b. May 2, 1995) is a long defensive end who played as a true freshman in 2013 and will continue to develop in 2014 while battling for a starting nod at one of the defensive end positions.

He played in nine games last year, including the Iowa State contest in which he made a sack.

Willis is a freak of nature, pure and simple. Although some questioned whether he left 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.

Last year, I correctly predicted that the coaches wouldn't be able to redshirt this specimen and keep him off the field.

It wasn't that stellar of a prediction, though. Considering we might be lucky to have Willis for more than three seasons anyway, why not play him immediately?

You can watch Willis' highlight video from Rockhurst High School 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.