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Tug-of-war for ESPN 150 ATH Alvin Bailey

7/28/2012

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- One of the prospects Florida State had hoped to get on its campus for the Jimbo Fisher Camp last week as ESPN 150 prospect Alvin Bailey (Seffner, Fla./Armwood). But the No. 69 prospect in the country was nowhere to be seen in Tallahassee, prompting many to speculate that Bailey and the Seminoles had gone their separate ways. Bailey said on Friday, while at Champion Gridiron Kings, that is not the case just yet.

“We had a big 7-on-7 tournament in Tampa that weekend and Armwood was competing, so I had to make it to that for the team,” Bailey said. "Florida State is still one of my top teams. I need to talk to Coach (Lawrence) Dawsey to see where things are at because I heard they just got some receivers in. Florida State is No. 2 for me right now and if everything works out I will definitely be giving them an official this fall.”

At the moment, it is another Sunshine State program that has the lead for the 5-foot-11, 175-pound athlete.

“UCF is kind of on top for me right now because I love Coach (Sean) Beckton, Coack (Kirk) Callahan and Coach George O’Leary,” Bailey said. “They are laid-back, family oriented, have a great campus and are about to join the Big East. Things are looking up for UCF. I have the best relationship with the staff there.”

And it appears that yet another in-state offer has further muddied the waters for the No. 6 athlete in the country.

“Florida just offered me, so I need to sit down and talk things out with Coach (Will) Muschamp to see where things stand,” Bailey said. “That changes things drastically because right after my junior season I was looking to commit to Florida and just be a Gator. But Florida did not offer me until now, so I want to sit down and ask them why it took them so long, but things will get worked out. They definitely have made my decision even more difficult.”

Bailey, who is also considering Auburn and South Carolina, says he will probably make his decision at the Under Armour All-America game.