The Opening: Gerald Wills Update

BEAVERTON, Oregon - Five-star defensive lineman Gerald Willis is taking a hard look at three schools right now and he plans to visit each officially...

Gerald Willis is competing at The Opening this week and in between sessions, he talked with Scout about his recruiting process.

Willis is favoring three schools right now.

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"LSU, Texas A&M, and Florida are my top three schools right now," the five-star told Scout. "I really like those schools and I will be visiting each of them officially. I want to see each school and really see what it is like there on an official visit."

The two schools that lead for the fourth and fifth official visits are Miami and USC right now, but those final two visits are still up for grabs.

Many feel the in-state school could be tough to beat, so what did the No. 3 defensive end in the country say about that?

"I really don't know. I mean, I know a lot about them, it feels like family when I am there, and me and my family really know Coach Frank Wilson well, but other schools still have a fair chance. I have been around LSU the most, so I just need to see more places and what it is like there for me."

Outside of LSU, the 6-foot-3, 275 pound five-star out of New Orleans (La.) Edna Karr made it clear that he has high interest in the Gators and Aggies.

"I have been to both Florida and Texas A&M before and I really like it at each school. The atmosphere at both schools is great and the coaches treat me well. I will be back to each campus before I commit."

Willis will announce his decision at the Under Armour All-America game in January 2014.

Chad Simmons is currently a National Recruiting Analyst for FOX Sports/Scout. He started with Scout in 2003 and then moved on to another Recruiting Service from 2004-2008 before returning to Scout the first of 2009 to become South Recruiting Manager.
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