Willis to Transfer from UNC to UCLA

One of the elite defensive line prospects in the 2010 national class, Brandon Willis, enrolled at North Carolina last January, but has now chosen to transfer to UCLA, and it's just a matter of finalizing some things...

Brandon Willis, the freshman defensive tackle at North Carolina, has received his release from North Carolina, and all indications are from him is that he intends to go to UCLA, according to sources.

It will all have to be formalized -- as in UCLA getting Willis' transcripts and getting him to sign a Grant-in-Aid.

But sources are indicating that it's pretty certain it will happen, and as early as tomorrow. Willis was a good student at Duncan (South Carolina) James Byrnes, and reportedly did well in his one semester at UNC (He enrolled in January for one semester).

It really is a completely fortuitous turn of events for UCLA. Willis' father was transferred to Southern California, and Willis wants to remain close to his father after his mother's death.

On Goupstate.com, Gary Willis, the standout DL's father, confirmed that his son will transfer to UCLA.

"It's a family thing, and we have to take advantage of the opportunity we have," Gary said.

Last winter, Willis picked UNC over Tennessee and UCLA, but Gary said his son had the Bruins at the top of his list for most of his recruitment.

"Originally, UCLA was where he wanted to go," Gary said. "I told him I wouldn't ever be out there, so he didn't go. It's amazing how doors open at certain times."

Willis will have to redshirt this season, but he'll have four years to play four.

His father said that Brandon now weighs 281 pounds and has dropped is 40 time from 4.8 to 4.75.

Willis was a top-ten national DT recruit for most of his senior year and then finished in the Scout.com rankings as the #21 DT in the country.

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