Despite playing quarterback for 6A Florida state champion Seffner Armwood High Schol last year, Alvin Bailey is one of the top slot receiver recruits in the country. The 5'10, 175-pound receiver has excellent quickness, deceptive strength and a natural feel for the game. I caught up with the consensus four-star recruit at Armwood's practice Tuesday.
"We have Kyle Gibson coming back, Bo McCall coming in, a sophomore coming in Byron Cowart, my brother coming in, Talvin Bailey and a bunch of young guys who will help us," Bailey said when asked about Armwood's chances of making it back to the state title game after losing many good players from the 2011 team.
The big change for Bailey this year will be the full-time move to receiver now that Armwood has another quarterback it can use. "I am a receiver by trade, but I wanted to help my team," Bailey said. "It feels to great to be back there with the receivers and doing what I'm known to do. I'm ready and geeked up."
Another development this year will be the addition of safety Leon McQuay to offense. "Yeah, I'm excited, if Leon is on the other side they can't double me," Bailey said. "And I might be playing some defense too, so me and Leon will be together on both sides maybe." The star receiver had not played on both sides of the ball except in youth league and on the JV team.
Asked about playing quarterback and if it gave him a greater appreciation for other positions on offense, Bailey said, "I'm still a leader, it helped me a little bit. I understand the offense better."
Bailey has offers from all over the country, and plans to narrow down his list in two or three weeks. He doesn't have a top five, but was willing to list some of his top schools. "South Carolina, USF, Florida State, Clemson, Georgia, Arkansas, Notre Dame, Texas A&M, schools like that," Bailey said.
What does Bailey like about those schools? "The tradition, the education, and the coaches," he said. "I like coaches who are real down to earth and try to help you once you're at their school, not just recruit you." Bailey nearly has his mind made up as to a potential major, as well. "Sports management or criminal justice," he said.
After spring practice wraps up, Bailey will hit the recruiting trail. "I should be taking a lot of visits this summer with my coach," he said. "Me and Leon should get to a lot of schools."
Bailey does not have a date set for his decision and is very much still early in his process.