UCLA Football suffered another loss today as junior defensive back Priest Willis will be transferring from the Bruins. The former five-star recruit out of Avondale, Arizona was expected to do big things at UCLA but unfortunately never developed and grew into the Bruin’s defensive system.
Willis was one of the biggest recruits in the 2013 recruiting class as he was the #1 player at his position in California and the #4 cornerback in the nation. Though coaches (as well as Willis) were hoping to have him come in and contribute right away for UCLA football, that opportunity never came to fruition.
Things did not play out for Willis in the three years he was with the program as he never saw consistent time on the field. Willis played in all 13 games last year but only started once. He had 22 tackles on the season.
Though he would have been in the competition for a starting role in 2015, it looks like it would have been hard for Willis to break into a starting position as the Bruins are stacked with talent in the secondary. That competition with defensive backs gets even tougher this fall as the Bruins have six very talented DBs coming in as freshmen from their star-studded 2015 recruiting class.
Speculation now is that Willis will transfer to North Carolina. Still, we thank Willis for his contributions to the UCLA football team and wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.