Willis set to commit; LSU, UCLA head list

Advocate staff file photo by BILL FEIG --  LSU Tiger Stadium and buildings around it taken in November 2010. Show caption
Advocate staff file photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU Tiger Stadium and buildings around it taken in November 2010.

The world gets to find out Wednesday which school Priest Willis thinks is the most righteous.

Willis tweeted Tuesday that he plans to announce his commitment Wednesday. The nationally ranked safety out of Tempe (Ariz.) Marcos De Niza is expected to choose between LSU and UCLA, but his hometown school Arizona State is also viewed as a dark horse.

The timing of Willis’ announcement would not appear to bode well for LSU’s chances.

Willis (6-foot-2, 199 pounds) visited UCLA over the weekend with another top LSU prospect, Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., safety Tahaan Goodman (6-2, 184). Goodman was originally slated to go to LSU for an official visit last weekend, but his plans fell through at the last minute.

It has been widely reported that Willis and Goodman would like to attend the same college.

According to 24/7 Sports, LSU defensive backs coach Corey Raymond, who has been recruiting Willis since he was formerly on the staff at Nebraska, is scheduled to make an in-home visit Monday.

LSU is expected to remain hard after Willis if he does not commit to the Tigers.

Willis is ranked in the top 100 by all four major recruiting services, topping out at No. 41 according to Scout, which rates him as a five-star prospect.

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LSU picked up its 26th commitment (plus one early signee in tight end Logan Stokes) over the weekend with a pledge from Holy Cross wide receiver Kevin Spears (6-2, 191).

The Tigers are currently ranked No. 4 on 24/7 Sports list of the nation’s top recruiting classes. The Tigers come in at No. 5 according to Rivals and Scout, and No. 8 according to ESPN.

The national signing period begins Feb. 6.