Gators have big plans for Bailey

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Florida hosted a pair of commits and Under Armour All-Americans over the weekend.

One of the official visitors was Seffner Armwood wideout Alvin Bailey, who took the trip with his mother in tow.

“It was great to back in Gainesville again,” Bailey said. “My mom came up there with me and they talked to us about the academics. That’s the most important thing to her, so she was happy to hear that Florida isn’t just about football.”

Bailey’s host was UF running back and former teammate Matt Jones, and he said they had fun hanging out together. But the highlight of his visit was spending extensive time with new receivers coach Joker Phillips.

“I was around coach Phillips a lot,” Bailey said. “He’s happy that I’m a Gator and he really wishes I could have enrolled early because he can’t wait to see what I can do.

“He made me feel real comfortable and I’m ready to learn from him. I know he’s the guy that can coach me up the best.”

Bailey had two punt returns for 47 yards (long of 41) and a 31-yard kick return in the Under Armour All-America Game on Jan. 4. (Photo by Zach Abolverdi/The Gainesville Sun)

Bailey said Phillips and offensive coordinator Brent Pease outlined how they plan to use him in the offense. Although he will be a wideout for the Gators, Bailey primarily played quarterback in high school and he’ll continue to take some snaps at UF.

“They want me to be a versatile guy that can make plays in the slot, whether it be catching passes across the middle or running the jet sweep,” Bailey said. “But they also want me to be a wildcat quarterback and takeover after Trey Burton leaves. I think I can do real good in that role because of my experience, so I’m looking forward to it.”

Bailey also has his sights set on National Signing Day.

“It going to be special for me,” he said. “I’ve been working to be a Gator for a long time and I’ll finally have that accomplished when I sign. I’m just ready to make it official and go play. When I get up there, I’m going to work hard and I know great things will happen for me.”

The other visitor was Florida offensive tackle commit Roderick Johnson, whose phone won’t accept incoming calls at this time. But the Delray Beach American Heritage prospect sent out several tweets over the weekend about his trip. Johnson wrote that he was “having a ball” and loved the UF campus, coaches and students.

Here are video interviews with Bailey (HERE) and Johnson (HERE) following the Under Armour All-America Game.

23 COMMENTS

  1. Question for Zach for his recruiting blog—–We always hear Muschamp is recruiting guys of character(see post by MJMGator) but I have noticed a couple of guys we have given up on because of grades. I know grades aren’t indicative of character, so my question is what are we basing the notion that we are recruiting the guys with character. Just because you are a character does not mean you have character. Do you know of any handwritten tests we give out to recruits like in some job interviews? Can you expand further?

  2. J, The problem was that Patton and Clark were true freshman during Meyer’s last year. Weis took over and Clark saw the writing on the wall and took off. I’m glad Patton stuck it out and Pease ha found a way to use him. I hope he heals quickly and he will have an even bigger impact next year. I see him not only running jet sweeps but also in the slot and perhaps even returning kicks if Debose doesn’t perform well in that role.

  3. Its hard to even compare Bailey with Patton and Clark. Don’t get me wrong, they are good kids, but Bailey is the former Times player of the year for the entire Tampa Bay area, which if you know anything about HS football in FL, you know is an SEC full of talent (Plant, Armwood, Countryside, Robinson, Largo, Lakewood, Pasco, Manatee, etc, etc.) This kid is the real deal, he just wins no matter what he plays, QB, WR, KR, CB (you get the idea)… Go Gators!

  4. @Swampman: I completely agree with you. This kid shows up and shows out – PERIOD. Even as an underclassman, with several big name players all over his and the opposing teams, he consistently did his thing and led his team to victory after victory. We’ve got a lot of offensive star power coming in; hope Pease and staff manages it well.

  5. @Swampman- lets not get ahead of ourselves. Patton was a 4 star coming out of HS and was a consensus top 10 WR on all the recruiting websites…….and I believe if Urban was still here running the spread the guy would have had a much bigger impact. He is for all intents and purposes victim of the system.

  6. Hi Zach,

    Would it be possible for you to start publishing the development of any players whose progress is noteworthy? Height, weight, 40 time and lifting totals would be of interest to me. Especially, the progress of the freshman and sophomore class. Perhaps one or two from the end of recruiting to the beginning of fall practice.

    Thanks again,

    Old Gator

  7. Word is the OL could not block the scheme Pease was trying to put in place, therefore we only got a glimpse of what’s to come…let’s hope so. JUCO QB to visit this weekend. …Tyler Murphy confuses me…

  8. Actually, this a non-issue b/c we have both kids on the team, win-win, and I said they are good kids. However, Patton was a 4-star rated WR, 36th best in the country, from Ala, but having played football at every level, I don’t follow the “stars” ratings much, we look at what a kid can do, and film, and if you look at the film, the difference is dramatic. Bailey was the best player on the field for a FL state championship, and nationally ranked team, and is exceptional, but don’t take my word for it, look at the film yourself…Either way, they are both Gators… Go Gators!

  9. Actually, Pease does not make the O-line calls, Davis does, but what is really the issue is mastery. It usually takes 1-2 years in a system to learn it like a habit, and thus have the ability to play “fast” without thinking. Give it another year or 2, and as long as we don’t have a lot of turnover in the Offensive coaches, we should see some real results… Go Gators!

  10. No doubt, it starts with the big uglies (as Keith Jackson used to say, and Herbstreit now) up front. It seemed we had the run blocking down in 2012 but the pass protection was shaky at best. I don’t know that the new signees will help much on O-line, exception being the JUCO guys. This is where the transfers should give us a shot in the arm. They’re physically ready and hopefully they’ll be able to pick everything up in the spring/summer.

  11. I BELIEVE OUR O-LINE WILL FINALLY BE THE UNIT WE WERE LOOKING FOR THIS YEAR WITH WHAT WE HAD COMING BACKLAST YEAR, DON’T GET ME WRONG THEY DID IMPROVE AND DID A RESPECTABLE JOB. I BELIEVE WITH THE GANG THAT WE HAVE COMING BACK AND THE EXPERIENCE THEY HAVE AND THE JUCO ADDITIONS (IF THEY CATCH ON TO THE ASSIGNMENTS QUICKLY) WE WILL HAVE A PRETTY GOOD AND DEEP UNIT. THIS COULD BE ANOTHER SPECIAL YEAR (SEC CHAMPS), WE HAVE THE PIECES TO FILL IN AND EVEN IMPROVE A HELLAVA DEFENSIVE TEAM. SPRINKLE IN SOME OF THE FRESHMEN MAKING CONTRIBUTIONS, LOOK OUT!! GO GATORS!!!!