High School Football

Three-star Arlington Martin prospect commits to Oklahoma

Arlington Martin's Brayden Willis (7) celebrates a touchdown against Allen, Dec. 1, 2017.
Arlington Martin's Brayden Willis (7) celebrates a touchdown against Allen, Dec. 1, 2017. Special to the Star-Telegram

What do Arlington Martin, Azle, Justin Northwest and All Saints have in common? Each has a 2018 Oklahoma commit.

Martin tight end Brayden Willis joined the list Monday by announcing his commitment to the Sooners on Twitter.

“This decision has been by far the most difficult decision I’ve ever made, but with the support of my family and a tremendous amount of prayer, I’m confident this is the best decision for me,” said Willis in a tweet.

Willis recorded 29 catches, 586 yards and seven touchdowns as a tight end in 2017.

Following an injury to quarterback Juma Otoviano in Week 7 versus Mansfield, coach Bob Wager inserted the 6-4, 220-pound senior in the backfield, where he’d finish with 521 passing yards and four touchdowns, and 572 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns.

Wills joins All Saints receiver Jaylon Robinson and Northwest offensive lineman Darrell Simpson, who both signed in December, Richland linebacker DaShaun White, who committed Jan. 6, and Azle long snapper Zach Edwards, who committed on Saturday.

In Week 10 against Arlington, Willis rushed for 193 yards and three touchdowns.

The Warriors finished 11-2 and went to the Class 6A Division I regional round, where they played eventual UIL state champion Allen.

”Football has been an unbelievable blessing in my life,” he said. “It has shaped my life for the better.”

Willis, who went on to win District 4-6A MVP, had 23 scholarship offers, which included Arizona, Air Force, Wake Forest, Boise State, Houston, Illinois and North Texas.