Former 5-star DB headed from UCLA to Texas A&M

Former five-star defensive back Priest Willis, who starred at Marcos de Niza High School in Tempe, Arizona before committing to UCLA, is on the move. After two lackluster years with the Bruins, Willis is headed to College Station to try and make his mark with the Texas A&M Aggies.

Willis made the announcement on his personal Twitter page, as did the page for the Texas A&M fansite TexAgs.

Transfer YESSIR! Former five-star DB and UCLA transfer Priest Willis has chosen A&M over Oklahoma State, according to @billyliucci.

— TexAgs (@TexAgs) July 30, 2015

Thank you for the 2 years Ucla,I grew into a better man and player at that program.Thank you A&M for this opportunity pic.twitter.com/YDktvHQH90

— Priest Willis Jr. (@pwillisjr15) July 30, 2015

Willis only saw playing time at UCLA last season, posting 22 tackles in 12 games. He will have to sit out a year, per NCAA transfer rules, but will be a welcome member to Texas A&M’s defense once he suits up in 2016. The Aggies ranked 103rd in the nation in total defense last season and 58th in defending the pass, so adding a defensive back with size and strength like Willis, who is 6-foot-1, 206 pounds, could be just what the doctor ordered.

Texas A&M opens the season against Arizona State on September 5, in a game set to be played at Houston’s NRG Stadium.

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