The University of Georgia joined programs like Arkansas, Florida State and South Carolina in offering one of the more versatile prospects in Florida on Monday in Alvin Bailey (Seffner, Fla./Armwood).
“I was in the locker room working out and then my coach told me to come here,” Bailey said. “I was like man, this must be important if Coach is pulling me out of workouts. He had me call Coach Bryan McClendon and he put me on with Coach Mark Richt.”
Indeed, Richt did have some important news for Bailey.
“When Coach Richt was talking to me I could tell he was a really down to earth guy, and he was just like telling me like we really want you up here and then he said we want to offer you a scholarship to the University of Georgia,” Bailey said. “I was excited. I just wanted to jump up. I was just so happy to have an offer.
Two years ago, 2012 Armwood running back prospect Matt Jones was heavily considering Georgia before the Bulldogs signed five star prospect Isaiah Crowell. Jones’ early interest in Georgia rubbed off on Bailey.
“I have liked Georgia ever since my freshman year, when Matt Jones had planned on going there,” Bailey said. “Even after it did not work out, I was still like just a big Georgia fan and and I really like the school.”
Georgia has not pigeonholed Bailey into just one position just yet, and he is fine with that.
“Coach Richt liked that I could do multiple things,” Bailey said. “Whatever positions the coaches put me at that’s going help the team win, I’m going to do my best to have success at that position. “
Bailey jokingly points out that even if he did have a preference in where he plays, he is not in any rush to argue.
“I am going to play wherever they put me at,” Bailey said. “You can’t tell a coach what to do. Where ever they put you at, you have to do what you got to do at that position.”
The 5-foot-11, 175-pound athlete was made true on that last year, as he was all over the field for Armwood. Bailey threw for 836 yards and 10 touchdowns, ran for 833 yards and six scores, and made 22 catches for 376 yards and two touchdowns while leading the Hawks to an undefeated season and the 6A state title.
While Bailey may not be the biggest or the fastest in the loaded Sunshine State, his coach and teammates would not trade him for anyone in the world. When talking to ESPN’s Corey Long in his piece here, Armwood head coach Sean Callahan states Bailey could also has potential to play on defense as well.
"We put him at cornerback one time, I think it was for one play and you know he got an interception," Callahan said. "And now he's always in my ear about playing both sides of the ball.
Bailey, who hopes to visit Georgia but has not made plans just yet, feels it is too early to know where schools stand with him. Just as schools continue to scour the country in search of more talent, he intends to check out as many schools possible. At the cusp of double digit offers, Bailey is also interested to see if schools like Alabama and Florida pull the trigger and extend him a scholarship.