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Starkville LB Willie Gay decommits from Ole Miss

The current Ole Miss defense has not had much good news on the field this season and the future defensive unit took a hit off the field.

Monday morning, Starkville linebacker and 2017 prospect Willie Gay announced his decision to decommit from Ole Miss. Gay made the announcement via Twitter with a short note.

“I would like to thank the Ole Miss fans and coaching staff for the love and support these past few months,” the statement read. “But after talking with my mom and praying on it I have decided to decommit from The University of Mississippi.”

Gay, a four-star recruit, visited Michigan over the weekend and told the Clarion Ledger that he “fell in love” with the Wolverines and named them as his top school. He still plans to make visits to Florida State this Saturday, Mississippi State on Nov. 5, Florida on Nov. 12. Ole Miss will still get the final chance to sway Gay back over to them with his final official visit being a trip to Oxford for the Egg Bowl on Nov. 26.

Gay leads Starkville’s defense with a team-high 79 tackles through the first nine games of the season.

It is the fourth decommit by a recruit Ole Miss has suffered in the past two months. Gay plans to hold off on his final decision until National Signing Day in February.