Brandon Willis headed back to UCLA?

Well, the saga continues…

After being told a week ago that Brandon Willis would not be heading back to UCLA, it turns out…Willis might be headed back to UCLA. He just confirmed the news, as did a source inside the program, but I’m obviously a bit skeptical of the whole situation. There is nothing official yet out of UCLA.

Willis added that he’s not sure if he’d be eligible this season, but either way, it would obviously be a boon to the Bruins. Lost in the ongoing ordeal over the last few years – verbally commits to Tennessee, decommits and commits to North Carolina, transfers from North Carolina to UCLA, decides to transfer from North Carolina, now back to UCLA – is Willis’ real talent.

Willis was the No. 21-rated defensive tackle in the country out of Duncan, South Carolina’s Byrnes High, and is known as a good run-stopper. If Willis were to sit out a year, he would probably immediately slide into the two-deep at defensive tackle, which loses Nate Chandler and Justin Edison this season, and returns a solid group including Cassius Marsh, Donovan Carter, Kevin McReynolds, Seali’i Epenesa, Brandon Tuliapupu and Tre Hale.

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  • BruinRogue

    It’s genius. He gets to rack up the frequent flier miles.

  • Jimmy

    Jon, do you think due to Willis’ reason for leaving UCLA (ailing grandmother) he has a decent chance of being granted a waiver?

  • BRUINBEATCH

    Is say …… WELCOME HOME KID!

  • UCLASteve

    Wait… I’m confused… could someone clarify this:

    - verbally commits to Tennessee
    - decommits and commits to North Carolina
    - transfers from North Carolina to UCLA

    Now here’s the part I don’t get:
    - decides to transfer from North Carolina
    - now back to UCLA

    How could he decide to transfer from North Carolina if he had already transfered to UCLA or did he transfer back or??? What’s the order??

  • MichaelRyerson

    It is for guys like Brandon Willis that tearaway jerseys were first introduced.

  • bruinbiochem06

    UCLASteve,

    - verbally commits to Tennessee
    - decommits and commits to North Carolina
    - transfers from North Carolina to UCLA
    - transfers from UCLA back to North Carolina
    - decides to transfer from North Carolina
    - now (hopefully) back to UCLA

  • Anonymous

    So is he eligible this year, since he never played a game for NC?

  • Anonymous

    No, thanks…

  • go bruins

    the coach at unc recently got let go ‘cuase of rules violations…he likes that coach a lot – and the program might get brought down big time by the ncaa. come back to ucla and play this year big guy!

  • BruinPain

    Good thing he’s not a QB with those happy feet.

  • BruinFaithful