Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Brandon Willis officially enrolled at UCLA
By Peter Yoon
Brandon Willis, the well-traveled defensive tackle who has transferred three times in the last year, is officially enrolled in classes for the fall quarter at UCLA and is scheduled to practice with the Bruins on Tuesday.
Willis is not immediately eligible to play for the Bruins, but UCLA is filing a request to the NCAA to waive the mandatory one-year waiting period for transfers. Because he sat out last season, the hope is he will be eligible to play this season.
This is the second stint at UCLA for Willis, a top-flight recruit who began his career at North Carolina but transferred to UCLA in August 2010 after his father took a job in Los Angeles. He sat out last season because of transfer rules but went back to North Carolina in May after learning his grandmother was ill and needed surgery.
He attended summer classes at North Carolina but never practiced with the Tar Heels and left the school in July after coach Butch Davis was fired amid an NCAA investigation of academic misconduct and improper benefits to Tar Heels football players.