Quarterback Ryan Willis, although he only played for two years at Bishop Miege High School, certainly made his mark.
Willis led the Stags to a 20-2 record, including an undefeated run to the Kansas Class 4A Division I state title in November, and finished his two years at Miege with with 5,986 passing yards with 65 touchdowns. As a senior, he threw for 3,003 yards and 35 touchdowns and was selected the Eastern Kansas League’s Offensive Player of the Year.
He took another big step in his career on Wednesday afternoon, when he signed with Kansas. He did it at a ceremony after school, with his parents at his side.
“It’s a relief, big time,” Willis said.
Willis, the No. 3 recruit in Kansas according to Rivals.com, committed last May and stayed loyal to the Jayhawks despite two coaching changes in the fall. He said Jayhawks new head coach David Beaty and assistant Rob Likens have been in contact almost daily.
“I love the university itself and if I didn’t play football, I would probably go there to college,” Willis said. “Coach Beaty keeps telling me that I am going to fit into the program nicely, so I am excited.”