SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Willie Gay has jumped to the forefront of LSU’s linebacker wish list.
The development has come as a result of Monty Rice’s flip to Georgia, leaving a wide-open range of opportunities for a blue-chip linebacker like Gay in Baton Rouge.
“Tell ’em Willie Gay is on the way” was the 4-star Mississippi product’s initial reaction. He then checked in with linebackers coach Dennis Johnson, who was anxious about the mutual interest.
“They want me,” Gay told SEC Country after Day 3 of U.S. Army All-American Bowl practice.
“I talked to Dennis and he was like: ‘Man, let’s make it happen.’
The 6-foot-2, 215-pound All-American has yet to get in touch with LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda. That will be reserved for Jan. 20, when Gay makes his way to Baton Rouge for his official visit.
Gay has already been to Michigan and Ole Miss, with State and LSU on the dock for January.
“First, they were asking me where I was going to commit,” said Gay, who is expected to announce a decision on National Signing Day when his official visits are over.
“I told them I’m going to take my visits first and see how it goes, then let’s make it happen. I have to have that family feeling, feeling at home and being comfortable in not just the football facilities, but outside walking around campus, feeling comfortable and feeling at home.”
LSU is courting Gay as a WILL linebacker to help pad the team’s depth at a crucial position.
Immediate playing time is an oft-discussed topic, one that intrigues the 4-star linebacker. There are some other football-related questions he’ll need answers from Aranda when he visits in a few weeks.
“Just the goal of playing time for me,” Gay said. “Not just for them to say that ‘We want you to come in play,’ but where they want me to play, what they want me to weight my first year and how they want me to play and how often they want me to play.”
Gay will officially visit LSU alongside Tigers commitment Patrick Queen, the lone linebacker pledge in the 2017 class.
The two have forged a friendship for several months and Queen has been in Gay’s ears about teaming up. That topic has been brought up again very recently.
“I talk to him a lot,” Gay said. “Me and Pat met at a camp a long time ago in Oxford, Miss. I’ve always told him LSU was on my list and we’ve been talking a good bit.”
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