UF picks up another football commitment


Published: Tuesday, April 5, 2011 at 2:46 p.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, April 5, 2011 at 4:06 p.m.

Wide receiver Frankie Hammond Jr. is having a good spring. Not only has he been catching a lot of passes, he's managed to snare a recruit for the Gators as well.

Hallandale defensive back Willie Bailey, who goes to Hammond's former high school, de-committed from Miami and orally committed to Florida on Tuesday after spending the weekend on the UF campus with Hammond.

“Willie was up there this weekend for the Florida Relays, and he got together with Frankie, an alumni from here,” Hallandale coach Dameon Jones said. “He saw the campus and talked a lot with Frankie, and it sold him on Florida.

“He went home, met with his family and made a decision last night.”

Bailey committed to Miami this past September, but the coach he committed to, Randy Shannon, was fired after the 2010 season.

“He's been committed for a long time,” Jones said. “But even when he committed to Miami, he told me he always grew up liking Florida.

“He's one of those kids, a lot like Frankie, in that he's real quiet and real mellow. After coming back from Gainesville, he said he wanted to get it over with and announce his decision before spring ball started for us. He knew there was going to be some hoopla (with his de-commitment from Miami).”

Bailey is a 6-2, 165-pound defensive back who can play both cornerback and safety.

“He's a superb player,” Jones said. “He needs to put on some weight, but the intriguing thing is I had to play him at safety last season because of personnel reasons.

“He's a corner, but you look at film of him playing safety and it opens your eyes. He can play both corner and safety. Florida is getting a great prospect.”

Bailey's commitment continues the Gators' impressive spring run in recruiting. He is the ninth prospect to pledge to UF's 2012 recruiting class.

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