The UCLA Bruins brought in one of the best recruiting classes in the Pac 12 this National Signing Day. However, one thing didn’t go quite as they expected as safety Priest Willis decided not to sign his letter of intent today without giving much of an explanation. Should the Bruins worry about Willis’ commitment?
One popular theory for Willis’ sudden apprehension is that he’s reconsidering his decision to become a Bruin. The LSU Tigers have been doggedly recruiting Willis, even after the four-star safety verbally committed to UCLA Jan. 23. Experts predicted that the delay in signing was nothing but good news for the Tigers and felt like Willis was all but gone to the Bayou.
Willis said throughout the day that his decision had nothing to do with his level of commitment to UCLA. He said repeatedly that he was still all in for the Bruins, but gave little more information about what went into his decision to hold off signing. People continued to wonder because if nothing had changed with his commitment, why not sign now?
As it turns out, the answer is simpler than a grand conspiracy to flip to LSU. Willis’ mother, as it turns out, is out of town and unable to sign Willis’ LOI, which she needs to before he can send it to Jim Mora and officially announce his commitment to UCLA. According to Willis’ stepfather, Mike Walker, the No. 5 rated safety’s mom will return on Friday or Saturday, at which time, the Tempe, Ariz., native “will sign with UCLA.”
There’s always plenty of intrigue surrounding signing day and every move can be dissected and used to fuel wild conspiracy theories…even when it turns out a kid’s just waiting on mom to get home.