Sunday, July 1, 2012
IMG notes: Alvin Bailey talks travel
By Corey Long
BRADENTON, Fla. – ESPN 150 athlete Alvin Bailey (Seffner, Fla./Armwood) just wrapped up a trip of schools that included visits to Notre Dame, Michigan and Clemson. The 6-foot, 175-pound junior described what he liked about each program.
Notre Dame: “It’s a very tradition-oriented school. I saw a lot of religious people walking around there. Like a lot of nuns and other people involved with the church. Overall it was a laid back place though. Everyone was happy. I met with the academic advisor and he was great. He laid out everything for me and it’s a school with great academics and great athletics."
Michigan: “As soon as we got into town we could see the JumboTron with the big M and the stadium. And it’s the biggest stadium I’ve ever stepped foot in. I took a picture next to the JumboTron and then went inside talked to the coaches. The coaches were a lot of fun and I saw some of the facilities, like the weight room and stuff, before meeting with the academic advisor.
Clemson: “I’m not sure I loved Clemson. I mean love is a strong word but I liked Clemson a lot. It’s a family atmosphere and they take care of every other. They will give you all the tools to succeed academically as well.”
The next wing of Bailey’s trips will take him to throughout the Southeast and to several schools that are also thought to be a major player for the multi-faceted athlete.
“I’m heading to Georgia, Florida State and probably Arkansas and Auburn in the next few weeks,” Bailey said. “I’m really looking forward to those trips, I might work out a little, we’ll see.”
After the next set of trips Bailey is looking at cutting his schools down from 13 to five before beginning training camp to start for of his senior season.
“I’m going to cut it down to eight schools after Sunday,” Bailey said. “And I will probably name a top five after my next set of visits. I’m just going to keep knocking off schools until I find the right one.”
Bailey isn’t sure of a decision date yet, but it could be during his season or at the Under Armour All-America Game in January. Either way he knows what he’s looking for in his final school.
“I’m looking to go in and compete for playing time,” Bailey said. “I want a place with great academics, an active campus and I want the coaches that offer me to be there for the entire four-year stretch.
Voorhees talks MSU offer, future: Class of 2014 athlete Devin Voorhies (Woodville, Miss./Wilkinson County) is playing in the tournament with the Bootleggers, a team made of mostly Louisiana prospects. Even though the 6-foot-1, 185-pound athlete is still open with his recruitment it’s clear that playing on a squad with four LSU commitments is having an effect on him.
“I like LSU a lot, they are probably the school I’d watch if a bunch of my favorite schools were on TV at the same time,” Voorhies said. “I went there on an unofficial visit and I had a good meeting with coach [Les] Miles. He stresses about grades a lot, he wants to make sure I’m getting the classwork done.
Voorhies will probably line up behind center this year for Wilkinson County but says his future position is at wide receiver. Several schools have shown major interest including LSU, Southern Mississippi, Vanderbilt and Alabama, but one SEC program has already pulled the trigger.
“Mississippi State has already offered,” Voorhies said. “I’m going to camp there on July 20 and the coaches have said they are real excited to see me. Coach [Dan] Mullen wants to run a real wide-open offense and he needs a lot of good athletes to do it.”
Jackson talks USC camp: Tampa (Fla.) Jesuit athlete Vincent Jackson participated in Camp Kiffin at USC earlier this month and the 6-foot-2, 235-pound sophomore worked out exclusively on the defensive side of the ball.
“I saw that USC was just stacked at tight end and coach Monte Kiffin wanted me to play defense,” Jackson said. “I played defensive end and I did a little work at outside linebacker when they were in the 3-4.”
Jackson admits he enjoyed his time in Southern California so much that he thought about making an early commitment.
“The thought definitely crossed my mind but I didn’t want to do that without really talking with my mom first,” Jackson added. “But I really liked it there and I got a chance to talk with Nelson [Agholor] for a few minutes.”
Jackson said his next camp will likely be Friday Night Lights on July 27 at the University of Florida.
Other event notes: Class of 2014 wide receiver Emmanuel Soto (Davie, Fla./University School) took the worst of a collision in one of the early games and the South Florida Express prospect admits he was a little shaken up. “I felt a little woozy for about 10 minutes after the hit but I’ll be all right,” Soto said. The 6-foot, 170-pound sophomore recently camped at Florida State and says he favors the Seminoles and Oklahoma State early in the process. “I saw pictures of the facilities at Oklahoma State and I’ve been a fan of the school since Dez Bryant played there,” Soto added.
-- Three-star defensive back Austin Logan (Tallahassee, Fla./Florida High) said he is still planning on making his announcement on July 31 with several programs still in the running. “I really like Vanderbilt and Purdue right now,” Logan said. “But Duke, Northwestern, Stanford, Cincinnati and the other schools are still in it.”
-- Bailey also took a nasty forearm in the head against the Bootleggers that triggered a lot of emotion from the Team Tampa sideline. Bailey sat on the ground for a couple of minutes before continuing to play while the Team Tampa coaches appealed to the referees. However, no flags were thrown.
-- Saturday was a strong day for the defense as Shaquill Griffin (St. Petersburg, Fla./Lakewood) and Rashard Robinson (Pompano Beach, Fla./Ely) both had over-the-shoulder interceptions that were worthy of a highlight reel. “Rashard was a beast today,” said Class of 2014 wide receiver Ermon Lane (Homestead, Fla./Homestead). “He’s going to make a name for himself this weekend.”