RECRUITING: Ferrell Talks De-Commitment
Tallahassee linbacker Willie Ferrell de-commits from LSU; exploring other options
by Daniel Mingea III
Tiger Rag Recruiting Analyst
Earlier in the year LSU landed a verbal commitment from Tallahassee (Fla.) FAMU High School product Willie Ferrell (6-1, 225, 4.5).
Since that time there were multiple reports from various recruiting outlets stating the talented linebacker elected to de-commit from the Tigers for unspecified reasons.
Ferrell informed TigerRag.com in late November he was still committed to LSU, but did indeed want to weigh his options. On Sunday evening Ferrell informed TigerRag.com, once again, officially, where he stood in his recruitment.
“I talked to my mom and we decided that maybe LSU was not the best decision for me,” Ferrell confirmed. “It’s still a great place, with great fans, great players, great coaches, and it’s still one of the best colleges in the country, but I just don’t feel as comfortable with LSU as I did in the beginning.
“I talked to the LSU coaches about it and they understood it was more about my future than just the next four years,” Ferrell added. “They knew where I was coming from and they knew it was nothing against LSU.”
Ferrell claimed he will be taking visits next month to Tennessee, Ole Miss, and Michigan. Ferrell is currently in South Carolina where he will be participating in the Offense/Defense All-American game.
“I’m in South Carolina for the Offense/Defense bowl game,” Ferrell informed. “I flew up here with Cody Ledford (Tulane commit). I’ve been meeting new people and just trying to enjoy everything.”
Ferrell’s arrival in Myrtle Beach came just a couple of weeks after his team was eliminated from the playoffs.
“We lost in the third round of the playoffs, but the season still went good,” Ferrell explained. “Everything happens for a reason. I felt like I gave it my all and I even played through some injuries. I left it all out on the field.”
Now looking back on his entire high school career, Ferrell joked that if it was not for a growth-spurt, he may have never gotten the opportunity to play.
“I’ll never forget the time I had first told my coach I wanted to play football,” Ferrell reminisced. “I was in the sixth-grade when I told him, but back then I was real small. He told me I was too small and that I couldn’t play. Well the next year I was way taller and bigger and my coach kind of just laughed at himself. That is something I’ll never forget.”