Star Safeties Tahaan Goodman, Priest Willis Pick UCLA Bruins

By Rick Stavig
Soobum Im-USA TODAY Sports

The UCLA Bruins superb recruiting class of 2013 just got even better.  After hosting a plethora of talented players this past weekend, the Bruins were hopeful to get a commitment or two in the next few weeks.  Needless to say, I don’t think coach Jim Mora Jr. ever imagined this scenario.

Tahaan Goodman and Priest Willis, two of the top safeties in the country, have officially chosen to play in Westwood, California, next year.

This is a somewhat surprising development for the standout safeties, who are both considered top 100 players nationally by  Both were giving indications that they would be announcing their school selections on National Signing Day.  Apparently, they just could’t wait.

The pair were both in Westwood this past weekend for an official visit.  Goodman (from Rancho Cucamonga, California) was actually supposed to be in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, visiting the LSU Tigers.  At the last minute, Goodman cancelled that trip and instead scheduled one to check out the Bruins with his good friend Willis (from Tempe, Arizona).

Both have indicated that they want to play together in college, and surprisingly, only two schools were interested in that combination becoming a reality: both LSU and UCLA.

This is a huge pickup for the Bruins.  They get not only one, but two incredibly talented safeties on the same day.  And what a pair that they could be playing next to each other.  They each are big for the position (both are 6’2” 185lbs), and each have a nose for the ball.  Employing a pair of hard hitting and instinctive safeties like that in your defensive backfield is a defensive coordinator’s dream.

For newly minted Bruins defensive coordinator Lou Spanos, dreams do come true.

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