Gerald Willis III is a five-star recruit out of Edna Karr high school in New Orleans, La and the No. 2 defensive tackle in the nation and pulled a stunner when he committed to the Florida Gators over LSU at the Under Armour All-American Game.
Willis had been considered an LSU lean for the overwhelming majority of his recruitment and the 6-3, 275-pound defensive tackle pulled off the biggest surprise of the day so far. Willis took his official visit to LSU on Dec. 6 which was the big recruiting weekend for the Tigers where a bevy of five-stars were on campus and that seemed to confirm his plans to head to LSU, but that was not the case.
Willis was primarily recruited by LSU running backs coach Frank Wilson and his secondary recruiter was LSU defensive line coach Brick Haley. Willis is the No. 21 overall recruit and No. 5 player in Louisiana this year–an absolutely loaded year for recruits in the Pelican State.
I wonder if the decision of his high school teammate Speedy Noil to commit to Texas A&M and not LSU was the straw that broke the camel’s back for Willis. If Noil committed to LSU I believer Willis would have followed suit.
He is the younger brother of current Alabama safety and former Louisiana prep star Landon Collins who famously turned down LSU despite his mother wanting her son to go to LSU.