Willie Gay (Photo by Chad Simmons)

Four-star LB Willie Gay still likes four as Signing Day inches closer

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Willie Gay didn’t have much to say Monday afternoon. 

The four-star linebacker had just reported for the Alabama - Mississippi All-Star Game, and he knew the questions were coming. Questions about the latest in his recruitment, about favorites and visits and everything in between.

But the truth is, the process is pretty much the same as it’s been for a while now. He likes Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Michigan and LSU. He’ll make a decision on National Signing Day. Until then, expect more of the same.

“I’m not deciding until Signing Day,” he said. “I don’t have a top school right now. Just taking it slow.”

Gay visited Ole Miss officially over the weekend. The 6-foot-1 1/2, 215-pound Gay was the Rebels’ only visitor.

Willie Gay (Photo by Chad Simmons)

He enjoyed himself, as to be expected. Along with the usual visit checklist — tour the facilities, meet with the coaches and players, etc. — he sat in the student section for the Rebel basketball team’s game against Memphis. 

“It was good,” Gay, who is ranked the No. 6 outside linebacker in the country and the No. 89 prospect overall by Scout.com, said of the trip. “I wasn’t expecting nothing. I just went up there and enjoyed myself. (The Ole Miss coaches) all acted the same. I have a close relationship with them. It’s nothing stressful.” 

Gay admitted Ole Miss offers an obvious path to immediate playing time, and he’s intrigued by the Rebels’ search for a new defensive coordinator. Dave Wommack retired at the end of the season.

“Playing early and getting a new coach in, no telling who it’s going to be yet, but pretty sure it’ll be a good one,” Gay said. “I’ve heard the top choices for the job. It’s a big deal just to know who’s going to coach me.”

Gay committed to Ole Miss in June. He backed off that commitment in October. Ever since, the contenders have remained the same, though the school he’s favoring has changed, seemingly, by the day.


All in all, Ole Miss is in as good a position as anyone. At least, that’s what Gay is saying these days. Ole Miss finished 5-7 following a loss to in-state rival Mississippi State in the Egg Bowl. Gay said the game won’t play a factor in his decision. Neither will Ole Miss’ NCAA issues. Or distance from home, if Michigan was wondering. He’ll take official visits to Mississippi State and LSU in January.

“Everybody just has the opportunity for me to play early and develop,” he said. “All of them are just tied.”


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