Willis Talks about NCAA Eligibility

Freshman cornerback Priest Willis talks about the issues with his eligibility for the season and when he expects to hear something back from the NCAA...

Priest Willis discusses NCAA eligibility:


On his first practice:
It was very fast, coming from high school. I knew it was going to be at this pace. I was just trying to keep up and learn the process so I can jump up and make an impact really fast. I felt like it was great. I learned a lot.  Stay up late night learning my playbook and move on to the next.

On when he'll be ruled eligible:
Right now, I don't know, I don't think anyone really knows. I get my 21 days in. Right now, I'm just with the team, doing day by day, praying for God to clear me and whatever happens happens. When they do clear me, I'm going to be ready. I feel like I'm going to get cleared before Nevada. For sure, definitely. I feel in my heart I'll be cleared. I hope. I hope.

On if he's being informed of the process:
Honestly, I don't know what's happening. I don't know whets going on. They don't want me to inform me because they don't want me to stress out, and affect my play they just want me to focus on the football side of it. Right now, it's only on their hands, there is nothing we can do.  We've tried everything we could do. They still wont let me know all the information. All I know is on the football field, working hard and taking it day by day.

On what he did class-wise this summer.
I stayed in Arizona to take a summer school classes. I passed those ones. I think that was the hold up. Honestly, whatever they tell me to do, I'm doing.

On playing corner in first practice.
Playing out there, I got a pick at corner. I felt comfortable. I feel like I could play safety too. Its really up to them. whatever they want me to do, I'm doing. Whatever I can get on the field and make an impact for this team and help them win a national championship this year, I'm all for it.

On the freshman defensive backs.
We just have a sense of, if we ball out, during camp, and make plays as freshman, we're going to play and make an impact. It's not necessarily, we look at the depth chart.  We look at it as lets make an impact for the Bruins and win a national championship.

On who's handling the eligibility issues.
Mainly my parents and the school, they're keeping it with them. They'll tell me some stuff.  I don't know a lot, they don't want me to stress about it, because I will stress about it. It's crazy thing, I've been out of school for so long, almost 2.5 months, and I'm still not cleared to play football. Really, I have to keep a positive attitude. Just coming in, practice with the team, get in the playbook. And hopefully I'll get cleared. I pray I will.

On summer school classes at UCLA.
Unfortunately, I couldn't be in any of those. I'm just catching up right now.

On the timetable for a ruling
I get 21 days for them to clear me. 21 days for them to say yes or no. They say no, then we appeal it. Then it goes through that all over again. And then I get 21 days again.

On if it will be sooner than 21 days.
I don't know. I don't know. I'm just waiting.

On if he can play in that time.
I can't play during then, I can just practice.


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