U.S. Army All-American LB Willie Gay picks hometown Mississippi State

U.S. Army All-American LB Willie Gay picks hometown Mississippi State

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U.S. Army All-American LB Willie Gay picks hometown Mississippi State

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Starkville's Willie Gay is the state's top uncommitted player.

Starkville’s Willie Gay was Mississippi’s top uncommitted player.

Another U.S. Army All-American is off the board, and he’s a huge pick up for the Mississippi State Bulldogs.

Willie Gay, a four-star linebacker from Starkville, Miss., chose his hometown school among a final three schools of Mississippi State, Ole Miss and LSU. A 6-foot-1, 220-pounder, he was one of the top targets on all three schools’ boards, and his decision has been keenly followed by SEC recruiting fans for weeks.

The linebacker had been committed to Ole Miss for four months, but eventually backed off that decision to re-evaluate. He then was a silent commit to LSU, but changed his mind Sunday and told coach Ed Orgeron on Tuesday. That led to Wednesday’s decision and Mississippi State.

Gay has the athleticism to compete for playing time practically as soon as he arrives on campus, and some will expect him to do just that.

In the end, the pull of home was apparently too much for for Gay to walk away from, which will ease the minds of Starkville natives everywhere.

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