Corey Willis (#8) played Wide Receiver for Central Michigan University. Willis attended Holland High School in Holland, Michigan. While in high school Willis played football, basketball and track and field. Willis holds four records for Holland High School which are most touchdowns in a game (6), longest kickoff return for a touchdown (95 yards), long jump (23-3), and 110 hurdles (14.5 seconds). Willis also led his high school football team to their first district championship in program history. In 2011, Willis was ranked second in the state for rushing yards with 2,334. Willis holds a plethora of awards coming out of high school including Ottawa/Kent Player of the Year (2011), First Team All-OK Conference quarterback (2011), First Team All-OK Conference running back honors (2010), and Ottawa/Kent County Track Athlete of the Year (2011).
Over his time at Central Michigan Willis was able to have very successful seasons especially his junior and senior year. Junior and senior year at Central Michigan, Willis was able to score 18 total touchdowns over the two years. Junior year Willis was able to surpass the 1,000 yard marking totaling in at 1,091 yards. Willis explained how he was able to achieve these numbers saying, ”it was a lot of the stuff that people didn’t see catching drills every day, a lot of running routes with the guys, and creating a bond with the quarterback.” Furthermore, Willis believed that all the behind the scenes action is what led him to have a successful junior and senior season.
This past season, Central Michigan faced Northern Illinois University. Being the last home game for the Chippewas it was senior night for many players including Willis. In the fourth quarter NIU tied the game 24-24 going into the final minutes of the game. Shane Morris (CMU QB) took the final snap with a minute 32 remaining in the game and threw it 29 yards to Willis in the end zone. This touchdown led Central Michigan to win the game 31-24. This touchable moved Willis into third place surpassing Antonio Brown on the all-time receiving touchdowns list for Central Michigan. When asked Willis explained, “I hadn’t really known about the touchdown records at Central until about week 2 or 3 of the season and once I realized that I could potentially pass a great like Antonio Brown it was definitely something I was striving for.” Ending his senior season with a game winning touchdown and moving into the top 3 of Central’s all-time receiving touchdowns list is a gratifying and memorable way for Willis to end his time at Central Michigan University.
Since ending his collegiate football career, Willis will be entering the 2018 NFL Draft. Prior to the draft, Willis like many others will be preparing himself for his future. Willis will be spending most of his free time improving many of his skills such as speed and strength. When asked about his future in football Willis explained how, “the next time that I’ll be playing football I’ll be playing against a bunch of grown men, so just thinking about that every day is definitely motivation.” Willis isn’t too worried about what is to come, his main priority is improving himself in all aspects of the game day to day.