Alvin Bailey [5-11 175, Seffner, Fla. Armwood High School]
OFFERS: Arkansas, FIU, FSU, Georgia, Illinois, Mississippi, Mississippi St., Notre Dame, Penn St., South Carolina, South Florida, Central Florida, Vanderbilt
He played out of position for most of the season last year and still led the Armwood Hawks to an 8A State Championship. A dynamic athlete on the football field and accomplished sprinter off the field Alvin Bailey holds offers from 13 colleges.
“Recruiting has been really crazy and really busy,” Bailey says. “I have big offers from Georgia, Penn St., FSU, Arkansas, Vanderbilt and South Carolina. I’m just taking it all in right now and seeing what other schools might be interested and might offer me.”
A few months removed from winning a football state championship Bailey teamed with Leon McQuay III, Wade Edwards and Keylaun Edwards to break the 4×1 track record. The quartet completed the 4×1 in 41.89 seconds to win the county championship – a goal that Bailey didn’t even have his sights set on before the season.
“Coming into the track season it was like, ‘okay this is just another track season and its time to get faster and more endurance,’ but as we were working together we realized like ‘okay we got a good chance,’ Bailey explained. “It’s crazy to think that we just won state [football] and now we just broke the Armwood school record in track. We doing big things so fast, it just feels so great to do it with my brothers.”
Bailey says that he hasn’t narrowed his recruiting down at this point because he is still waiting to see what other offers come this summer.
“Everybody is pretty even right now,” he says. “I’m still interested in what other schools are looking at me so I can’t really say what schools are standing out right now.”
Bailey is close with Armwood, and Team Tampa teammate, Leon McQuay III. He says the two talk often about the possibilities of playing college ball together.
“Me and Leon are like brothers so we always have that talk [about recruiting],” Bailey says. “Every once in a while I’ll be like ‘Leon, where you going?’ and he’ll just smile at me, but then I’ll be like ‘no, I’m serious.’ Then he’s like ‘man I don’t even know,’ then I’ll ask ‘you think we should go to the same school?’ And he’s like ‘yeah, well we SHOULD, we ball out here and then we ball out in college’ so I mean you never know. Anything can happen.”
Also a member of Team Tampa, Bailey’s relationship has grown with Vernon Hargreaves III.
“It’s kind of crazy to know that one of my friend’s dad is recruiting me. It’s been great though, recruiting with USF, the home town team,” Bailey says. “The coaches have been showing me a lot of love and telling me that I can come be a playmaker at USF and be a hometown hero. That’s great to hear that come from coaches that are right around the corner. I’m very interested in USF.”
The Armwood junior says he will likely attend today’s scrimmage at USF and will possibly make his way up to Gainesville to watch the Gators spring game on Saturday.
Bailey will continue to keep himself busy this offseason and hopes to visit Vanderbilt, FSU, Arkansas and South Carolina.