That’s exactly what he did, winning the fastest man in his skill group, clocking a six second tackling simulation drill, and winning the majority of his one-one-one reps to conclude his outstanding camp.
So, yeah, it was a good day for the four-star 2017 linebacker.
“To me, today was not about winning, I just wanted to compete and show the coaches I can compete and be coachable,” Gay said, who stars at nearby Starkville (Ms.) High. “That’s all I was really going for. (The drills) that I won, I was grateful for that, I was happy, pumped up and stuff. But I was just trying to get repetition and get better today.”
The camp setting also gave him a chance to perform in front of Michigan coach Jim Harbugh himself, who was watching eagerly from a far.
“First off, for him to come all the way down here and watch us, it means a lot to us Mississippi players to show us he’s for all over the country recruiting,” Gay said.
“I am in contact with all the coaches up there,” Gay said of Michigan. “They show me that they want me. For them to come down here, once again, it means a lot. It showed me that they want me and they even told me to come to (this) camp.”
Besides Harbaugh, Gay says his relationship with his main area recruiter – Tyrone Wheatley – is another positive thing to note about Michigan.
“I talk to him like every week, once a week,” Gay said of Wheatley. “He’s very cool. He’s not always about football when we talk, (we talk) about life, life after school (and) education.”
Next up, Gay says his plans are to “definitely” get up to Michigan for a visit. When will that happen? Well, no date has been set as of yet, says Gay.
“Whenever me and my mom can go,” Gay said.
But when Gay does make his way to U-M’s campus, he says he’ll have a good idea of what he is looking for on his visit.
“Everything, whatever they have to offer I want to be part of that,” Gay said of his impending U-M visit. “I want to see and look at it, and experience everything that I have never down here. I know that got more (to offer) than any other school I have probably been to.”
Other than Michigan, Gay says he plans to checkout LSU, South Carolina, Mississippi State and Ole Miss before announcing his commitment this August.
“(I’m just looking) where I feel home basically, where I feel like I am wanted,” Gay said. “Where I feel I am comfortable.”
Right now, Michigan st