Four-star receiver Alvin Bailey has been on the most-wanted list of many Florida fans this year.
But for months, the ESPN150 member went through his recruiting process without an offer from the Gators and didn’t list them in his Top 8 on July 20.
Now, they’re the favorite to land his commitment.
Bailey made an unofficial visit to Gainesville on Aug. 15 and was offered by UF coach Will Muschamp during the trip.
“It was great to get an offer from a team I’ve been waiting on for a long time,” Bailey said. “It changes things drastically and I’m happy. Coach Muschamp was telling me that they want me up there. I’m not a fall-back option. They were glad that I came up there to talk to them.”
With a Florida offer now in hand, the Seffner Armwood athlete admits it will be hard to turn down the Gators. Bailey’s former teammate, running back Matt Jones, is a true freshman at UF and two more of his close friends from Tampa, cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III and defensive end Jordan Sherit, are committed to Florida’s 2013 class.
“They affect me greatly,” Bailey said. “I grew up a Gator fan and my boy Matt Jones is up there. That’s been my big brother for almost eight years. Then having Vernon and Jordan up there too gives me a lot of reasons that I should go.”
Bailey plans to make his decision before Sept. 1 and named a Top 5 (in no specific order) of Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Notre Dame and UCF.
The 5-foot-11, 175-pounder listed five factors he’s looking for in a school.
“Great offensive system, great education, proximity to home because I want to stay close to my mom, playing time and coaching stability,” Bailey said.