Willie Gay

Willie Gay

247sports.com

Willie Gay — a four-star outside linebacker from Starkville, Mississippi — has signed with Mississippi State, choosing the Bulldogs over LSU and Michigan Wednesday morning at Starkville High.

The 6-foot-1½, 223-pound prospect is the third-best outside linebacker and the No. 73 overall player in the 2017 recruiting class, according to 247Sports’ composite rankings. He’s the No. 2 player from Mississippi.

Gay – who officially visited the Tigers on Jan. 20 – had a total of 15 offers, including nine from Southeastern Conference schools. Gay, a U.S. Army All-American Bowl participant, received an in-home visit from LSU defensive coordinator Dave Aranda and running backs coach Jabbar Juluke during the final week of January.

Gay told The Clarion-Ledger that he had been silently committed to LSU, but he had changed a change of heart Saturday night. He then delivered the news to Tigers coach Ed Orgeron last night. 

"I talked to Coach 'O' last night; I texted him" Gay told the The Clarion-Ledger. "He called me, and I didn't get the call. So I texted him, 'Coach, I got bad news.' I just told him what was up, and he was cool with it. I told Michigan also." 

Had he signed with LSU, Gay would have 22nd addition to the Tigers’ class and LSU’s fourth linebacker signee. Gay, a one-time Ole Miss commitment, racked up more than 80 tackles in his senior year at Starkville High.