Ray Willis is starting to emerge as one of the more popular players in the class of 2008. The 6-foot-5, 165-pound small forward from Dr. Philips High School in Orlando, Fla., has one scholarship offer on the table, but a host of other big time programs are beginning to express an interest in the three-star prospect. Rivals.com has the very latest update on Willis.
"I've received phone calls from UCF, Miami-FL and Penn State," said Willis. "I've received letters from St. Joseph's, Virginia Tech, Tennessee and Clemson. I don't have any leaders yet, but I can tell you I just want to play college basketball. That has always been my lifelong dream.
"UCF is the one school that has offered a scholarship," he added. "That was a good feeling, and it just goes to show that all of my hard work is finally starting to payoff. I was real excited when UCF offered me a scholarship."
Willis is exited about his recruitment and is looking forward to going through the process. However, he won't let it become a distraction during his junior campaign at Dr. Philips High School.
After being eliminated before districts ended last year, Willis and his teammates are focused on making a deep run this year. They intend to do just that this year.
"As a team, we were 21-6 last year," said Willis. "We didn't even make it out of district play. Right now, we are all right, but we need to stay relaxed and focused as a team. If we can do just that, good things will happen to us. I really believe that.
"Last year, I averaged 10-points and five rebounds per game, so I am looking to improve this numbers this year," he added. "I will spend most of the year playing the shooting guard and small forward positions. I will play wherever it takes to help us win this year."