The Navy Midshipmen Gained an All-Around Student Athlete in Brandon Willis

The Navy Midshipmen snagged a commitment from the Gilman School’s (Md.) Brandon Willis. He committed to Navy Saturday June 24 via Twitter. He chose Navy over Sacred Heart University, Fordham University, Army and Morgan State. Here is what set Navy apart.

“After I took a visit to campus I felt like out of all the places and visits I’ve taken Navy was the place I’m most comfortable. The coaches, the players, along with the other people who’ve also committed I just felt like this is a place I can maximize my opportunity,” Willis said.

Willis believes he will fit in with the Naval Academy on the field really well and feels Midshipmen Secondary Coach Robert Green will bring the best out of him.

“Part of my decision was about life after football and I feel like the Naval Academy is all about that. There’s so many options that are very successful, and the Naval Academy provides anything I need for me to be the best in my field.”


In terms of coming in and learning from veteran Midshipmen, Willis believes they will guide him and bring him along as a rookie so to speak.

“Navy is all about a brotherhood so I know they will want me to be great,” he said.

With Brandon Willis committing over the weekend, Navy has 18 commits in the 2018 class are ranked No.76 nationally and No.8 in the American Athletic Conference. He is also is one of six defensive backs in the class.

“I feel I will bring a play making ability, Navy plays big time football and I feel like as a corner in the critical moment I can make big time plays,” Willis said about what he could bring to Navy’s defense.


For him, a weight has been lifted. Now that he has found a college football home with Navy, he can focus on school and football in his senior year at Gilman. Taking his foot off the gas on and off the field is not an option. He wants to keep working hard so that he can make a smooth transition to the next level.

“For my first year I plan to embrace everything and take it all in. The Naval Academy is different from many places so I know it will be a little bit of a transition,” he said.

Before all is said and done at Gilman, Brandon Willis wants to win an A Conference title. He admits he still has a lot to learn defensively because Division I defenses aren’t easy to learn.

“I feel like as a player I’ve grown tremendously. As a freshman I was more of the quiet athlete that was very fast. Now I feel more verbal with the team and developed skills which help me be great.”

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