Willie Gay was selected to play in the prestigious U.S. Army All-American Bowl game that is scheduled to take place on January 7th. Before the talented linebacker makes the trip to San Antonio, he will play in the Mississippi/Alabama All-Star game on Saturday.
"This has been a great experience for me being able to play with the best players in the state," Gay said. "It's been good to compete against good competition all week and then knowing I am going to compete against some good players on Saturday. It's a great feeling knowing I am going to get the chance to play against the best players in Alabama."
Once the final horn sounded in the Battle for the Golden Egg, coaches from both Mississippi State and Ole Miss were plotting a course to see Gay and discuss the futures of their respective programs. Last week, Gay took his official visit to Ole Miss, his second of four scheduled trips.
While many prospects report that All-Star week has provided a bit of relief from the recruiting process, Gay says that he is still knee deep in the decision making process.
"I am still dealing with recruiting," Gay explained. "We didn't make the playoffs, so being able to get back to football has been fun. I am enjoying that."
The week long trip to Montgomery has provided Gay with the chance to reconnect with some players he has met along the way as a talented high school senior prospect.
"I was able to see D.D. (Bowie) and Cam (Akers) again. I got to know them in Oregon (Nike Opening event)," Gay said. "It has been good to meet some new guys from around the state. I am rooming with Sentrell Latham from Meridian and I've had the chance to get to know him."
With visits to Michigan and Ole Miss now in the rear view mirror, Gay plans to take two more in the month of January before making his final decision on February 1st.
"I am waiting til signing day," Gay said. "I am just telling everybody that I am waiting until then and that helps. It's been busy, real busy lately. It's not fun at all anymore. I am ready to get all of this over with."
Gay plans to visit Mississippi State on January 13th and LSU on January 20th. While Gay has not ruled out taking a fifth visit somewhere, the All-American linebacker reports that he has four finalists are the schools he has visited or plans to visit. LSU, Michigan, Mississippi State and Ole Miss will battle it out in the coming weeks as the countdown to national signing day continues.
The Mississippi/Alabama All-Star game will kick-off at noon today. Local ABC affiliates throughout Alabama and Mississippi are scheduled to handle the broadcast duties.