Scout.com catches up with University of Connecticut commit Tim Willman for a Q&A at the Maryland…
Willman Staying Focused
“It has been inconsistent so far this year,” said Willman. “But the guys are working hard and we are keeping our focus on one game at a time.”
Although his hard work hasn’t gotten them to a winning record yet, Willlman is certain the time he invested this last spring and summer has paid off. The All-State Honorable Mention and Baltimore Touchdown Club Super 22 member knew coaches would focus their game plan on him this season.
“I knew I would be double and triple teamed this year. I knew I had to get better if I was going help my team win.” He traveled to several camps this summer working with DL coaches to better his technique. “I had a great experience from my time with coaches this year” said Willman. “I got great coaching from Coach Sollazzo at the Maryland camp this year. I also worked with Coach Jappy Oliver at Notre Dame and Coach Jackson at Syracuse. I am just trying to apply the techniques I learned this off season.”
All the hard work, along with his on field play the last two years, has also improved Willman’s recruiting stock. Willman, averaging just over 9 tackles a game, already has two offers, Towson and Army.
“Towson is local and I have one of my buddies up there, Mike Evans, playing on the team. West Point is so prestigious I would definitely consider them as well,” said Willman. Willman is also hearing from several schools. “Connecticut, Syracuse and Northwestern are recruiting me the hardest”. I talk with Coach Ambrose from UCONN and Coach Long from Northwestern. Coach Trivers from Syracuse has talked to me a lot as well. They are all recruiting me as a DE but say I may move inside in college.”
One of the schools high on Willman’s list is Maryland. Coach Sollazzo has kept in touch with Willman and recently informed him on exactly where he stands. “Coach Sollazzo says they are still very interested in me and that I am on their short list,” said Willman. And what would an offer from Maryland mean? “It would put them at the top of the list. I have many friends there, I have followed them as my home school and I love the campus.”
Willman currently has a 3.5 GPA, along with a 28 ACT and 1890 SAT. With those numbers, along with his potential on the field, his offer count will be sure to increase. But right now he is focused on one game at a time.
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