Top-10 safeties commit to UCLA

Updated: January 23, 2013, 10:55 PM ET
By Erik McKinney | RecruitingNation

Priest Willis, the fifth-ranked safety in the ESPN 150, committed to UCLA on Wednesday night just hours after fellow ESPN 150 safety Tahaan Goodman chose the Bruins.

The commitments give UCLA a pair of top-10 safeties, as Goodman is ranked No. 9 by ESPN.

Willis, the nation's No. 59 overall recruit, chose UCLA over Arizona State and LSU. The 6-foot-2, 199-pound standout from Tempe (Ariz.) Marcos de Niza also took official visits to Nebraska, Florida State and Virginia during the season.

Despite speculation that Willis' recruitment could go beyond signing day, he said earlier this week, on the heels of his official visit to UCLA, that he was ready to announce his decision.

Willis and Goodman (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Rancho Cucamonga) spoke about attending the same college on numerous occasions and were presented as a package deal. While those seldom come to fruition, the Bruins found a way to bring both players into UCLA's recruiting class.

Willis has the ability to play multiple spots on defense, and has discussed the possibility of playing safety or cornerback at the next level. He finished his senior season with 55 tackles, two interceptions and 1.5 sacks.

Despite his commitment, Willis likely will be pursued by LSU -- a program that has made a tough, consistent push for the standout safety -- all the way until signing day on Feb. 6.

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