Willis Could Be The Next Big Transfer

Remember during the height of Oklahoma State basketball success under former head coach Eddie Sutton that transfers were coming into Oklahoma State and having very successful stories of spending time in Stillwater. Doug Gottlieb, Brett Robisch, Tony Allen and John Lucas III were just a few examples. Now, Cowboys football head coach Mike Gundy is having the same success.

Tyler Patmon transferred from Kansas, and in one season the cornerback had a strong year, and then signed with and made the Dallas Cowboys. Last season safety/linebacker Josh Furman resurrected his career from seasons mainly sitting on the bench to earn having his name called in the NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos.

This season Oklahoma State fans will see the likes of Indiana cornerback Michael Hunter, who is coming in as a "super senior" transfer, and linebacker Chad Whitener, who will also see playing time after arriving from California.

Another transfer in the secondary could be on the way as reports are UCLA cornerback Priest Willis, who declared earlier this summer his departure from Los Angeles, will be visiting Stillwater on Monday, It would appear that Willis's decision on his new school will come down to Texas A&M and the Cowboys.

Willis is a 6-2, 185-pound speedy corner who earned Under Armour All-American honors at Marcos De Niza High School in Tempe, Ariz. He has played two seasons at UCLA and last season played in 12 games and started one (vs. California). He had 22 tackles with seven coming in the start against Cal and four more tackles in the Alamo Bowl versus Kansas State. As a freshman he played in nine games and had nine tackles.

Willis had offers coming out of high school from Arizona, Arizona State, Arkansas, Florida State, Florida, LSU, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, North Carolina, Oklahoma State, Oregon State, Tennessee, USC, Utah, and Washington among others.

After announcing his transfer he first visited North Carolina and then visited Texas A&M and stated that at the time A&M was the leader to be his next college address. He had also told Oklahoma State that they would get a chance to impress him.

After a tough schedule to navigate for visits with UCLA on the quarter academic calendar, he is getting the opportunity to see Oklahoma State and its program on Monday. My guess is Willis will not wait long to make a decision. Schools he is considering will start practice and subsequently classes pretty soon.

Just guessing but you would think that head coach Mike Gundy, defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer, and cornerbacks coach Tim Duffie would all be involved in the visit activities.

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