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By LARRY VAUGHT
Two junior college signees, Nate Willis and Melvin Lewis, were not on campus for UK’s Media Day but coach Mark Stoops hope both will be soon.
“We’re waiting on those two. We expect them to be here shortly, how long that takes, we’ll see,” said Stoops.
The UK coach said Lewis, a 320-pound defensive tackle from Fullerton Community College, has one more class “he’s finishing up” and the plan remains for him to be on campus soon.
“The nice thing for him is he is three‑for‑two, as well, so if he misses a great deal of camp and can’t get caught up, we’ll see where he’s at (on a possible redshirt season). But he will be needed in the future for sure,” Stoops said.
Willis is defensive back from Arizona Western College. He was rated the No. 3 junior college cornerback in the nation by 247Sports.com. “He has finished up all his classes. So we’re waiting on that. Hopefully soon,” Stoops said.
Willis feels certain it will be soon. He said Monday night he’s waiting on final scores from the two online classes to the junior college can process them. If he has passed both classes as he believes he has, he will then have his junior college degree and should be eligible to report to UK.
“I just didn’t want to come to Lexington (from Florida) until everything is okay,” Willis said from his home in Florida Monday night. “It’s just a waiting process to see what is going down. But everything is looking good. Hopefully all this will be over in the next two days and my coach from Arizona will give me the green light to travel to Kentucky.
“Coach Stoops is good with it all. He knows it is just a waiting thing. It’s not a bad thing, just a waiting thing.”
However, the waiting has not been easy on Willis.
“My mind is racing. I am watching videos of everybody out there practicing and all the media day stuff,” Willis said. “It’s like I am paralyzed and I can’t do anything. I am just ready for action right now.”