BEAVERTON, Ore. – In late June, Willie Gay announced his commitment to Hugh Freeze and the Ole Miss Rebels.
A decision, he says, was as simple as following his heart.
“Just knowing where I wanted to go and where my heart was,” Gay says. “Just follow my heart, that’s where I wanted to be.”
But while he very much would like to be a Rebel, Gay admits with the uncertainty of Ole Miss possibly going on probation, he might have to look elsewhere.
“I’m just going to put it out there,” Gay says of his commitment to Ole Miss. “If this probation thing happens – I’m not going.”
Adding: “I’m trying to wait,” Gay continued. “I’m trying to see what happens. Hopefully nothing happens.”
In the meantime, however, Gay says he will be taking more visits to see what other schools have to offer.
“Oh yeah, definitely, I am still trying to get back up to Michigan, LSU and I’m trying to make my trip to Florida,” Gay says, adding he plans to checkout South Carolina and Mississippi State as well.
And a big reason Gay plans to checkout Michigan is because of his connection with U-M coach Jim Harbaugh, he says.
“He’s just so cool, you know, he’s a people person,” Gay says. “The first time I talked to him, I was like ‘this dude, he’s a cool man’ and I like that. He’s not stuck up and all that.”
The connection to Harbaugh doesn’t stop there, Gay says, noting his mother is a big fan the U-M headman too.
“My mom actually loves him,” Gay says. “She really loves Michigan.”
Adding: “She’s says if I went up there, she would come with me.”
What does mom like so much? Well, Gay says his mother likes a lot of the benefits U-M has to offer.
“The education, football, the way they develop players, everything,” Gay says.
Also, Gay says he has a good connection with his main U-M recruiter, Tyrone Wheatley.
“He’s been in this position before,” Gay says of Wheatley. “He understands what’s going on. He just knows what to say, and how to say it and stuff like that. He’s just a cool coach. I really like coach Wheatley.”
Whether Gay stays committed to Ole Miss or not, he says he’ll be keeping a close on eye on certain characteristics of each program he visits coming up.
“Just somewhere where I feel like I am home,” Gay says. “Where I can feel ike I can vibe with the coaches and the players easily, and just laid back and out the way. I just want to be comfortable wherever I go. Being bale to talk to the coaches and learn stuff.”
Upcoming, Gay says he will be working out for LSU on July 21.