UCLA football recruiting was on the up-and-up, with nothing but good news poised to roll in.
Of course, that changed pretty quickly, with news that five-star defensive back Priest Willis will not sign a letter of intent to UCLA on National Signing Day, with cryptic messages being sent left and right.
Here’s the original tweet, via Adam Gorney of Rivals:
Gorney would then add some clarity to the situation, which ironically makes the situation less certain:
Later, it turns out that LSU has made a hard run at the five-star defensive back recently:
If you remember, Priest Willis committed to UCLA just last week, and his commitment was a virtual lock back then. Willis had cancelled a visit to LSU not too long before and his good friend, four-star defensive back Tahaan Goodman, committed to UCLA hours before, significant because the two DBs were considered a package deal at the time.
It remains to be seen if Willis is re-thinking his commitment but that’s clearly the indication. Instead, the recruiting battle for Willis’ services can continue.
Just as important, though, is the implications this could have on UCLA’s recruiting class given Tahaan Goodman and Willis are close friends. Will Goodman leave if Willis flips to LSU? Or is the four-star corner set on being a Bruin?
The madness has begun and it isn’t even Signing Day yet. Buckle up, folks.