Like his brother Landon Collins before him, Gerald Willis III will leave the state of Louisiana to play college football elsewhere. Down to Florida and LSU, the star defensive end committed to the Gators on Thursday during the 2014 Under Armour All-America High School Football Game.
Willis was thought to be headed to LSU, but became the second of April Justin’s sons to not commit to the Tigers. While her disappointment was evident this time around as well, she had a calm approach to the entire situation. On the positive side of things for Justin, that’s now two sons with scholarships to pursue both academics and athletics at the collegiate level. Not too bad of a deal if you ask me.
Willis mentioned consistent recruiting and defensive fit as two of his main reasons for choosing Florida, but also had possibly the quote of the recruiting cycle:
“Plus they got swag man, it’s the Gators,” said Willis.
I see a t-shirt in the works.
The defensive end said the Gators’ recent 4-8 season was not a deterent during the process. Willis actually felt that meant he could come in a help immediately. He hopes to play both inside and outside on the defensive line, much like former Florida stars Dominique Easley and Sharrif Floyd.
Willis receives five stars from both 247 and Scout and four from ESPN and Rivals. The four services place him between No. 3 and No. 5 at his position and all have him among their top 50 recruits across the nation.