Gator Prospectus: WR Alvin Bailey

Bailey is one of six UF commits that will play in the Under Armour All-American Game on Jan. 4. (Photo by Zach Abolverdi/The Gainesville Sun)

This is the twelfth and final profile in the Gator Prospectus series covering Florida’s 2013 in-state commits.

Name: Alvin Bailey
Sept. 1
Seffner Armwood
Position: Wide receiver
Height/Weight: 5-foot-11, 175 pounds
Scouting Report: I had the opportunity to watch Bailey at Gridiron Kings over the summer and was really impressed with him at wideout. He caught everything that came his way and had a knack for getting open. He doesn’t pass the look test and has below average size, but he just make plays on the field. Having played multiple positions in high school (primarily quarterback), he isn’t the most polished receiver and has a lot of room for improvement in his route running and techniques. But once the ball gets in his hands, he knows what to do with it and has some great moves. Those qualities are exactly what Florida has been lacking at the receiver position and he should be able to contribute in some capacity next season.
For The Game: Bailey and Class 6A Armwood traveled to Gainesville to face No. 1 ranked GHS in the Region 2 final. Playing at about 70 percent (turf toe) and out of position (quarterback), Bailey and his Hawks were no match for Gainesville’s dominant defense. Bailey threw for 122 yards and a touchdown, but he only completed 10 of 30 pass attempts and the offense was held to just 38 yards rushing. The Hurricanes won 42-10 to advance to the state semifinals this Friday at Navarre.
Quotable: “He’s probably the best football player I’ve ever coached as far as somebody that knows the game, loves to compete and is a difference-maker. There’s nothing that he really can’t do, he’s very versatile. From the mental aspect to the physical, he’s all about football. He’ll do real well at Florida. He can do damage in the slot and he blocks really well on the perimeter. We’re excited to see him head there.” — Armwood coach Sean Callahan.
Notable: Has attended several games this season and will officially visit later this year; Under Armour All-American; competed in The Opening and Gridiron Kings; ranked the No. 7 athlete and No. 71 overall by ESPN, ranked the No. 13 receiver and No. 101 by Rivals.

Previous profiles:
RB Adam Lane
WR Ahmad Fulwood 
CB Vernon Hargreaves III
DB Keanu Neal
WR Chris Thompson
LB James Hearns
RB Kelvin Taylor
DL Joey Ivie
DB Nick Washington
DT Caleb Brantley
LB Quinton Powell


    • Gator N NC and Beezy B,

      I can’t do a profile on those three because none of them are playing. Sherit tore his ACL before I had a chance to go see him, and Harris suffered his knee injury before he committed to Florida. I was planning to see McMillian this week because I figured (as most did) that his team would still be in the playoffs, but they were upset in the first round by Buchholz.

  1. No knock on this kid, if he wants to be a Gator, we sure want him, but doesn’t it seem like we do this all the time? We get guys long on athletic ability but short on polish and route running. Then we have to teach them how to be WR’s, and we struggle with that.
    Here’s an idea, lets recruit both athletes AND tall strong, polished receivers with sticky hands and precise routes. Then we can mix and match. Sound good?

  2. Dennis and Lizard, This kid is a play maker pure and simple! He’ll be a welcome addition to the Gator roster! We are getting some big “pure receiver” types in Fulwood and Hawkins. But let’s not forget Meyer did prove that “speed kills”. Thompson and Bailey are perfect to compliment the other two big, strong receivers. Muschamp is adding some athletic play makers to compliment the more physical team he is building. The combination of the two will make Florida lethal for years to come!

  3. Lizard, we’ve done this in the past, but hopefully the addition of Joker as WR coach will allow these type players to thrive in our system. Also, we have some receivers who are familiar with route running in Hawkins, Fulwood, and Thompson. Seems like each of these kids brings a unique skill set to the WR position which should make our offense even more dangerous.