CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — North Carolina coach Butch Davis says freshman defensive tackle Brandon Willis is withdrawing from school.
The Los Angeles Tines reported that the 6-foot-3, 255-pound Willis will transfer to UCLA.
Davis said the family informed the coaches Thursday. Willis' father, Gary, recently found work in California and wants to keep the family together.
Willis was a four-star prospect who committed to Lane Kiffin at Tennessee, but he switched to the Tar Heels after Kiffin left for Southern California.
Willis appeared in a well-documented photo along with Byrnes High School teammate and UT signee Corey Miller taken with two members of Orange Pride after a game last September in Duncan, S.C.
Davis says he hasn't decided whether to grant Willis a release from his scholarship, which would allow him to play right away.
Willis' departure cuts into North Carolina's depth on the defensive line. The Tar Heels are still waiting to find out the status of star tackle Marvin Austin, who is at the center of an NCAA investigation.