It wasn't a shocking choice.
The Cardinals have been the leader for Willis all along. Thursday, the 6'3, 255-pound running back/defensive lineman called Louisville's Greg Nord and committed to the Cards.
"It's the right fit for him and we're excited for him to continue his playing career at [Louisville]," said Josh McKeel, head coach for Calloway County. "We're proud to see him become a Louisville Cardinal."
In the end, Willis felt more comfortable with what Louisville had to offer compared to any other school, particularly Memphis.
"We've been talking over the past couple of weeks about what the best situation for him was," said McKeel. "When he went to Louisville he thought it was a place where he really fit in. Coach Greg Nord and I have been speaking a little bit and he was the lead recruiter on this one. Tyrrell felt comfortable with it, he likes the town and the football program and the school. He felt this was the decision he needed to make."
As a junior, Willis earned multiple All-State honors after recording 1,703 yards and 19 touchdowns on the ground and totaling an additional 10 touchdowns and 711 yards receiving. He also earned All-County honors for his performance on the defensive side of the ball from the linebacker position.
While Louisville will probably give Willis an opportunity on offense, he's most likely going to end up as a defensive lineman.
"Some schools see me as a running back, but some are looking at me to play defense," Willis previously told InsideTheVille.com. "I'd like to play running back, but I'll play wherever I'm needed."