Former Five-Star Recruit To Visit OSU

On the heels of picking up transfer safety Derrick Moncrief from Auburn it appears Oklahoma State could also be in serious contention for standout cornerback Priest Willis, who is transferring out of UCLA.

Willis, a former five-star recruit out of Tempe (Marcos De Niza), Ariz., made the announcement that he was going to transfer on June 1. He would come into his new school with two years left to play and a redshirt season to use the first year when he would need to sit out before being eligible.

If Willis lands in Stillwater -- and we know he is going to make an official visit -- then he would have a year to play with Moncrief, who also has to sit out this season before being eligible.

The academic calendar in the quarter system kept Willis busy in June and into July in finishing up his academics at UCLA so that they would be in excellent order for the transfer. That schedule also kept him from being able to make a number of visits.

It is expected that he will visit Stillwater on one of the final weekends of July, likely the final weekend of the month.

The 6-2, 185-pound cornerback was widely recruited coming out of high school. When he first announced his plans to transfer North Carolina was named in several stories as a possible destination.

Last season Willis played in all 13 games and started at Cal. He had 22 tackles including seven against his hometown Arizona State, five against Memphis, and four in the Alamo Bowl versus Kansas State. His freshman season in 2013 he finished with nine tackles playing special teams and some in the secondary in nine games.

As a prep standout he played in the Under Armour All-American Game and his senior season had 55 tackles with 1.5 sacks, 2 interceptions, and a fumble recovery. As a junior he first earned All-State honors with 62 tackles and two interceptions. Again, Willis would have to sit one season but then have two seasons to play.


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