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Alvin Bailey says UF has fallen behind

5/25/2012

PLANT CITY, Fla. -- With several college coaches on hand to watch Armwood take on Plant City in a spring jamboree Thursday night, four-star wide receiver and ESPN 150 member Alvin Bailey (Seffner, Fla./Armwood) proved that he is one of the top receivers in the Southeast.

Bailey, who has committed to play in the Under Armor All-America Game next January, totaled three receptions for 73 yards, including a 25-yard touchdown catch, despite playing just more than one quarter. Thursday's game was scheduled to go for one half but was cut short because of lightning in the surrounding area.

Florida offensive coordinator Brent Pease and defensive backs coach Travaris Robinson were on hand to watch Bailey and his teammate Leon McQuay III. The Gators have three wide receiver commits and have yet to offer a scholarship to Bailey. Ranked as the No. 49 prospect in the country, Bailey says it may be too late for Florida to get back in the picture -- even if they do offer.

"At the end of the season, I was fixing to commit to Florida straight off the top if they would have offered me," Bailey said. "But now I think it's coming to be that I'm just a fall-back option, so I don't want to feel like that -- and then if I go up there and nothing ever happens for me, I just don't want to feel like that. I'll probably still go to camp there, though."

Armwood head coach Sean Callahan had high praise for his talented receiver and reiterated Bailey's thoughts on the Gators.

"I think Alvin's the best player in the state of Florida," Callahan said. "But, yeah, for sure he won't end up there at Florida. I'd be surprised if that happens. He has so many significant schools on him. We tried -- but they have their needs, too. It's no knock on Florida, we've sent guys there and will continue to."

While Florida might have fallen behind, Bailey talked about a few other schools that stand out for him.

"With Georgia, they are just a powerhouse man," Bailey said. "I just like the environment, the coaches, the coaching staff, how they do everything -- I just like it.

"At FSU, I really like Coach [Lawrence] Dawsey. He's a wonderful coach and a wonderful person, too -- what's there not to like?"

After the shortened game, the 5-foot-11, 175-pound heavily-recruited athlete said that he's close to narrowing down his list of schools.

"Everything is moving along real fast," Bailey said. "I'm going to start narrowing things down in the next one or two weeks. I'll probably narrow it down to a top 10 or 12."