Posted: 4:25 pm Friday, August 7th, 2009

Doral Willis (Minnesota) is Pahokee’s fifth college commitment 

By Jason Lieser

Pahokee defensive tackle Doral Willis said his decision came down to Minnesota and Wake Forest, and the potential of playing early swayed him toward the Golden Gophers.

Willis (55) in 2007 (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)

Willis (55) in 2007 (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)

Willis (6-1, 300, 4.9 in the 40-yard dash) said he gave Minnesota his commitment a month ago, but did not want to publicize his decision because he still had reservations.

“I was thinking hard about it, but now I made up my mind,” he said. “I didn’t want to put it out there in case I changed my mind.

“They’re losing people at my position and they’re only going to have two defensive tackles next year. Other than that, I really don’t know much more about it.”

Willis will make his first campus visit Aug. 19. He said he raised his ACT score over the summer and now is academically qualified.

Willis was all-area and all-state as a defensive tackle and offensive lineman last year.

His commitment is nonbinding until he signs a national letter of intent in February.

Four other Blue Devils have committed, and more could do so before the season starts: wide receiver De’Joshua Johnson (Florida State), defensive back Merrill Noel (Wake Forest), linebacker Zachary Allen (Wake Forest) and safety Raheam Buxton (Miami).