The first domino has been set in motion. As expected, Tahaan Goodman from Rancho Cucamonga (CA) committed to UCLA on Wednesday afternoon. And the Bruins could be on the verge of adding another high-profile prospect for the Class of 2013 before the day is done.
Priest Willis from Tempe (AZ) Marcos De Niza is set to announce his college destination in a few hours, at 6 p.m. (PST) to be exact. It is well-known that he’s friends with Goodman and plans have been in the works for both to attend the same college for quite some time now.
Before we begin to speculate on Willis, let’s talk about what we know and that’s the fact Goodman is bound for Westwood. In the 247Sports Composite Rankings, the 6-foot-3 and 185-pound safety is the nation’s No. 8 player at his position and No. 65 overall in the country.
Goodman had a laundry list of potential suitors, with more than 25 scholarship offers on the table at one point. He cut down the list to a handful of programs. Pac-12 Conference rivals of UCLA, schools such as Washington and USC, were in the mix for an all-important commitment. LSU and Oklahoma also had a chance to land him. Ultimately, however, the Bruins were the best fit.
The secondary was recently a position of concern for UCLA coach Jim Mora and his staff of assistants. The addition of Goodman figures to quiet some of the skepticism. Perhaps silence the talk for good. Keep in mind, senior defensive backs John Johnson from Fresno (CA) Central East and Tyler Foreman from Encino (CA) Crespi committed to the Bruins this past weekend.
Questions still remain, particularly with regards to Willis and his future.
Football fans at UCLA, fear not. With Goodman committed and essentially locked up with the Bruins for years to come, Willis figures to follow suit. Sooner rather than later.
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Sean Ceglinsky has covered prep and college sports on the West Coast for the better part of the past 15-plus years. Follow him on twitter: @SeanCeglinsky