DT Brandon Willis returns to UNC

North Carolina has signed defensive tackle Brandon Willis to a scholarship agreement, the school announced Monday. Willis originally enrolled at UNC in January 2010, and then transferred to UCLA last August. He will enroll in UNC’s first session of summer school this May.

“Brandon lost his mother in high school and is very close with his grandmother, who lives in Burlington and is battling health issues,” coach Butch Davis said in a prepared statement. “He and his father wanted to move back to the East coast to be with her. There were no hard feelings when Brandon originally left and when he inquired about the possibility of returning, we welcomed him back.”

Willis sat out the 2010 season at UCLA due to NCAA transfer rules. UNC will submit a waiver to the NCAA requesting Willis be declared immediately eligible for competition. If the waiver is granted, he will have four years of eligibility remaining.

Willis attended classes at UNC in the 2010 spring semester and two sessions of summer school. He transferred to UCLA two weeks into Carolina’s fall training camp on Aug. 19. North Carolina opens spring practice on Wednesday.