Willis Camps at Florida; Has Top Four

He makes no bones about it, 2014 DE Gerald Willis of New Orleans (LA) Edna Karr has been to camp at the University of Florida for two straight years and he really loves it. At 6-4 and 265 pounds there is a lot to love about him from a college recruiter's perspective as well and the feeling is mutual between he and the Gators.

Gerald Willis spent some quality time on Florida's campus this past week and the star defensive end came away more impressed this year than he was as a star struck freshman a year ago.

"It went very well," Willis said of Florida's camp. "It was an awesome experience once again. Every time I go up there it is an awesome experience and I have fun. This one was way better than the last one. They showed me a lot more. They showed me around the whole campus and everything this time."

For Willis it was just supposed to be a fun filled time and a time to get to know Florida better. That is what he did when he went to other camps. Instead, his competitive juices got flowing with a little bit of push from the Florida staff, and he decided to participate in camp for a second straight year.

"I was just supposed to go there and visit, but when I got there they wanted to know if I wanted to camp," he said. "I was running around and did the one-on-one's. Coach (Bryant) Young was my position coach and I learned a lot. I learned a lot more than the last time I was there."

That says a lot actually, because Willis thinks he took a lot away from his experience a year ago. He got a feel of the coaching prowess of defensive line coach Bryant Young and his 12 years of NFL experience with four Pro-Bowls thrown in.

"The stuff they taught me last year I used it in the games. I used to practice it at home and in the games," he said. "I know why (Coach Young) had all those sacks.

"(Coach Young) isn't one of those coaches that keep screaming at you. He will tell you what you are doing wrong or right, I don't like a coach that just keeps on screaming. I also know I can talk to him and just have a conversation about football."

With offers from LSU, Alabama, Florida, Miami, Nebraska, TCU, Arkansas, Texas A&M, and Oregon, he has visited Alabama and LSU this summer but didn't camp. He was actually able to name a top four and talked about them.

"My top four schools right now are LSU, Alabama, Florida, and Miami," he said.

LSU: "I like Coach Frank. He is from the same area we are from. I also know a lot of people over there. I really like Coach Miles."

Bama: "My brother goes there. I would like the opportunity to play with my brother. Coach Saban keeps things straight. I also know they work really hard and don't take a day off.

Miami: "I don't really know much about them, but I am supposed to be going up there Wednesday for a camp, my mom is getting me a plane ticket."

Florida: "Every time I go there they show me so much love. Every coach and all the players they talk to me. The coaches want me to ask the players about how they are doing and how they are treated. Coach Muschamp is really cool and is really honest. They also don't have many defensive ends, so I know I could go there and fulfill my legacy."

These schools love the size and athletic ability of the big guy who relayed the strengths in his game.

"I like to get after the quarterback and I have a good pass rush," he said. "My run defense is really strong and once I get my speed up a little bit, nobody will handle me on the edge."

In the end, Willis is looking for a home away from home and he has two years to figure out where that place is.

"I am looking for a place that if I am far away from home, that someone will have my back," he said. "I just want to feel comfortable that people aren't taking advantage of me. I just want to be able to relate to the people."

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