In the weeks since winning the 5A State Championship with Edna Karr High School, Gerald Willis has taken some time to explore the recruiting scene. The 6-3 260 pound standout has had a chance to speak with several college coaching staffs in recent weeks, and it is something he hopes will pick up even more with spring approaching quickly. The 2014 five-star recently had a chance to speak with one SEC coaching staff in person, being that they are in New Orleans for the Allstate Sugar Bowl.
"It's going fine," answered Willis, when asked about the recruiting process. "It's moving kind of slow right now. But, I just went to a Florida practice because they are down here for the Sugar Bowl. It was alright to just go in there and see what I liked."
While watching the Florida practice, Willis explained that he had a chance to speak with a couple of the Florida coaches, and he got some good news from them as well. Even though he said he wasn't surprised by the good news he received, Willis explained it wasn't something he had been thinking about on a regular basis.
"I talked to Coach [Will] Muschamp and my position coach," said Willis. "They said they were offering me and they wanted me to be a Gator. They said I'm very high on their recruiting board."
"It was another big school that offered. I wasn't really surprised I wasn't really thinking about it."
Since collecting the Florida offer, Willis explained that he has now narrowed his top list of schools down to three.
"The Florida offer didn't change anything," said Willis. "My top three is Florida, LSU, and Texas A&M. They are all pretty even and I haven't put them in an order or anything."
Because his high school season has now ended, Willis explained that he would be using the next few months for college visits. LSU will be the first school to receive a visit from Willis for their Boys from the Boot Junior day in January.
"I'll be at the Boys from the Boot Junior Day at LSU on the 12th," said Willis. "I'm looking forward to seeing if I feel comfortable over there. I want to talk to the defensive line coach and see what all they have planned for me."
Willis explained that he would like to play defensive end once he gets to college. Because LSU has already told him that he would play that position for the Tigers, Willis is expecting a routine visit with a chance to speak with the coaching staff in-person.
"I really don't think they will tell me anything different with regards to which position I will play," said Willis. "I'm just looking forward to being around the program and the coaches. I don't think I will really see anything new because I have been there a lot."
Willis said that he has been in contact with LSU quite frequently in recent weeks. While he explained that he has spoken with them numerous times, Willis said that the talks have been very informal and the LSU staff is just checking in on him.
"They have been checking up on me a lot," said Willis. "They called to tell me congratulations on winning the state championship, but we haven't really gotten too in-depth with anything recently."
Aside from LSU, Willis also has a number of other schools that he would like to check out from coast to coast.
"I'm going to visit Texas and Texas A&M," said Willis. "Then I'll probably go down to Florida and Florida State. I want to try to make it to USC as well."
With so many college visits coming up in the next few months, Willis explained that a decision on where he will play would not be made for quite a while. However, he does have an idea of when he would like to make his college choice.
"I'm not going to commit any time soon," said Willis. "I'm planning on committing at the Under Armour game my senior year."
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