The Early Signing Period came and went and Kentucky commit Joko Willis did not sign with Mark Stoops’ Wildcat program.

Now it appears there’s no chance Willis winds up in Lexington as the Independence Community College product announced his official decommitment from Kentucky. While he would be singing out of Independence C.C, Willis is a native of Lagrange, Ga.

That’s worth noting because the Peach State native landed a scholarship offer from Shane Beamer’s South Carolina program during the Early Signing Period.

The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Willis is rated as a three-star prospect and the No. 2 inside linebacker prospect in the nation from the junior college ranks according to 247Sports Composite Rankings. Willis also rates as a top 25 junior college prospect in the nation.

South Carolina could certainly use some help at the linebacker position and now that Willis is officially no longer committed to Kentucky, that has to be a good sign for the Gamecocks moving forward.

To get an idea of why Willis is such a coveted junior college prospect, check out his highlight reel with Independence Community College: