Ferrell is keeping his options open

Florida A&M University High School's Willie Ferrell was supposed to visit LSU's Spring Game on April 5. Unfortunately, the highly-sought linebacker was laid low by food poisoning and spent the weekend recovering.

Willie Ferrell

"It was really bad but I'm feeling a lot better now. I was up to 226 but then I got the food poisoning and now I'm down at 218," Ferrell said.

Ferrell (6-1 ½, 222, 4.66) also missed LSU's Junior Day for his mother's birthday. And although he missed the Spring Game, the talented backer said he has every intention of making the trip to Baton Rouge.

"I don't know specifically when I'm going to come but hopefully very soon," Ferrell said.

Despite the setback, the Tallahassee native says he is keeping in touch with the LSU coaching staff and is strongly considering the offer from the Tigers.

"I talk with Coach (Josh) Henson pretty much every day," Ferrell said. "They knew I was sick a few days before I was supposed to come and they were really nice about it. They say I can still come out and look around even though I missed the Spring Game."

Ferrell has managed to get out to several other schools as he visited Florida's Junior Day and has taken trips to Florida State and Miami.

With offers from LSU, Illinois, Maryland, and Minnesota amongst others, he says he is keeping his options open for now.

"I don't really feel differently about any one school," he said. "At the places I went, it was focused on football. I was at football games and didn't have time to see the classrooms and the dorms, but I want to see everything at the schools I visit."

While he is keeping all of his options open, Ferrell has spoken to one of LSU's current commitments about LSU and what it has to offer.

"I talked to Drayton Calhoun from Atlanta," he said. "I was supposed to meet him and hang out with him last weekend. He called me this week and was just telling me about how nice of a place it was and the campus and everything. But, he told me to do what I had to do about my own decision."

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