If there's one thing you need to know about Maysville all-purpose running back Jeremy Willison, it's that he is not afraid of work. Many athletes will tell you they know the value of hard work, few will go ahead and prove it at the college level. Willison is ready to prove it, accepting a preferred walk-on status at Eastern Michigan Univerisity.
As a preferred walk-on, Willison will be given the same benefits and opportunities as the scholarship members of the team, just without the guaranteed scholarship. "I don't want to get a scholarship and then forget why I earned it, I'd rather have to work for it." Willison told me when I caught up with him this afternoon.
A two-time all-league player, Willison tallied 184 carries, 1,158 yards, and four touchdowns his junior year in just six games. His season was cut short after slipping in the Maysville Athletic Complex parking lot during a Saturday morning film session. His senior year, playing all ten games for the first time in his career, Willison flourished. Racking up 1,968 all-purpose yards, with 19 touchdowns.
As Jeremy continues his journey in Ypsilanti, he'll have several people back home rooting him on, including maybe his biggest supporter, Maysville Head Coach Whit Parks. Parks, who has been coaching for 35 years and has sent some talented players to the next level, considers Willison one of the greatest players he has ever coached.