5-star Willis enrolls early

The Florida Gators will saw their roster jump by two on Monday when Virginia tight end transfer Jake McGee and 5-star New Orleans (La.) Edna Karr 5-star defensive end enrolled for Summer A classes. McGee was expected as of Friday but Willis caught most everyone off guard. Fightin' Gators was able to confirm he started classes on Monday.

Gerald Willis was a surprise of sorts when he committed. While there were seven announcements at the Under-Armour All-American game, in most minds Willis was destined to commit to LSU when he walked up to the announcement stage. Instead he donned a hat and gloves with the Gators ensign on them and said he would be a Gator.

The Gators highest rated and only 5-star commitment it was a welcome surprise to all. At-6-foot-4 and 250 pounds, Willis is expected to compete right away for a starting spot at the defensive end position.

One big obstacle seemingly out of the way to make that happen is the likely move of 2013 starting defensive end Jonathan Bullard to play mostly as a three-technique defensive tackle. In his steed, sophomore Bryan Cox played well this spring and is the starter at the position coming out of spring drills.

Willis is a pass rushing specialist for a big defensive end. He set the Louisiana record for sacks in 2013 at 31.5. He is physically ready to go and now it is just a matter of learning the system and playing within that system that will keep him from seeing immediate playing time.

Arriving early for school affords Willis with the ability to learn more from his peers and get in the weight training program for proper conditioning and weigh gain if needed. That has never been an issue for the prized football player.

Because he is enrolled in school, Willis is unavailable for comment, but we look forward to following his career at Florida intently.

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