C-NS senior Jeremiah Willis picks Louisville over Indiana, USC
2/1/2019 5:51 PM

Jeremiah Willis couldn’t stop smiling on Friday afternoon.

He was about to announce where he would continue his academic and athletic career by signing his National Letter of Intent in the auditorium of Cicero-North Syracuse High School.

As his mother, Tammy Willis, stood right behind him, the 5-foot-11 senior track and field athlete decided he would attend the University of Louisville.

“It feels great, there’s a lot of weight lifted off my shoulders,” Willis said. “There were many late night talks with my family, and something about Louisville felt right. The Cardinals made me feel at home and they took good care of me."

Willis picked the Cardinals out of a final list of schools that included Indiana University and the University of Southern California. The announcement was originally scheduled for Jan. 30, but was postponed due to inclement weather.

He also live-streamed the announcement on Instagram for everyone who couldn’t be in attendance for the announcement, including his father, who had to work.

“My husband and I are super proud," Tammy said. “I hate he couldn’t be here today, but me and his sister still had to come and represent. We always support him. He has come a long way. He put in the work. When you put in the work, you reap the benefit.”

Last winter, Willis won the long and triple jumps at the state championships and finished second in the 55 meters. In the spring, he won his specialty jumps at the state outdoor championships and added a pair of eighth-place finishes in the 100 meters and as anchor for the Northstars' 4x100 relay team. He later was named the Gatorade Boys Track & Field Athlete of the Year.

The Louisville commit is a multi-sport athlete as well, as he was named an All-Central New York running back/slot receiver for the two-time C-NS sectional champion football team.

“He was juggling two sports at once along with work and also keeping his grades up, which is very important to me," Tammy said. "I think that he’s going to do very well. I’m super excited.”

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