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Starkville High four star linebacker talks about his recent Junior Day experience at Mississippi State,

Starkville High School won the 6A state championship in 2015 and saw a trio of senior talents ink with Mississippi's three FBS programs. The Yellow Jackets' cupboard is far from empty despite the loss of several talented seniors. One of the top defensive players at SHS is junior linebacker Willie Gay. Gay recently spent the day on the Mississippi State campus as a Junior Day visitor.

"I really enjoyed my time over there," Gay said. "I really had a good time. It was really a lot of fun."

Gay was able to tour the Mississippi State facilities and spend time with the Bulldog coaches. Newly hired defensive boss, Coach Peter Sirmon gave Gay a glimpse into the future should he elect to wear the Maroon and White.

"I really like Coach Simron," Gay said. "He is one of the best there is. He sat down with me and showed me some film. He told me what my role would be in the defense, if I decided to go there. He spent a lot of time talking about that and how I would fit into the defense.

"I liked him. He seems like a good coach and I think he's going to do a good job."

As a high school junior, Gay was able to have a ringside seat this year as several friends and teammates went through the recruiting process. The Scout National 300 member reports that he learned a lot about what to expect by watching the world of recruiting turn for his teammates.

"I just know to take my time with everything and not entertain anybody too early," Gay said. "I watched them and I feel like it's just best to let things play out and not be in any hurry. I am planning on taking my time and making my decision after the season."

Gay has some serious thinking to do in the coming months as he considers his options. Alabama, Florida, Georgia, LSU, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Tennessee among others have already extended offers. 

Heading into the spring, Gay plans to get to know his suitors, but keep his focus on another run at a 6A state title.

"I am just going to keep everybody even right now," Gay said. "I don't have any favorite schools. I am just going to take my time with everything and see what happens."

Mississippi State signed just one linebacker in the 2016 class, Florence, Alabama standout Erroll Thompson. The Bulldogs will be looking for at least of pair of linebackers in this class and certainly the home town product, Willie Gay, will be a name fan should keep an eye on throughout the recruiting cycle.


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