February 27, 2010

Bailey holds Dawgs in high esteem

East Hall defensive end Sterling Bailey already has 18 offers to play college ball.

But although he has yet to officially pare down that list, one school is already assured spot in his top five - Georgia.

"If I had to choose to a Top 10, they'd be in the top five," Bailey said of the Bulldogs shortly after returning from Athens where he attended Saturday's Junior Day.

"It really went well. I really enjoyed it," he added. "I talked to Coach (Mark) Richt and Coach (Todd) Grantham. I really liked what they had to say."

According to the 6-foot-5, 235-pounder, subjects ranged on a number of topics.

With Grantham, it was all about how Bailey would fit into the Bulldogs' 3-4 scheme.

"He talked about how I could play the outside linebacker position and how he thinks I would be a good fit," Bailey said. "He sees me as like a Demarcus Ware."

It wasn't the first time Bailey had met with Georgia's new defensive coordinator.

The two had talked before when Grantham paid a visit to East Hall shortly after arriving in Athens from his former job as defensive line coach with the Dallas Cowboys.

"He met me like two or three days after he came from Dallas," Bailey said. "That made me feel good; it was great to see him again."

Bailey's conversation with Richt was not so much X's and O's.

"He talked with me about how the environment is here at Georgia, we talked about the teachers, how all the coaches are married and how they have a great family atmosphere," Bailey said. "They've got a good thing going down there."

Hearing those words from Richt apparently meant a lot.

Although Bailey is in no hurry to make a final decision, Richt's words were reassuring.

"It was very important," he said. "If I don't have confidence in the coach or I don't feel I'm safe with them in that atmosphere then I'm probably not going to choose it to be my school."

Bailey, whose boasts offers from Southern Cal, Auburn, Florida, Tennessee, Georgia Tech and Florida State, among others, said he'll likely pay a visit to Alabama this weekend.

Ironically, the Crimson Tide is one school which has not offered a scholarship, although that could change by Saturday.

"It's (the recruiting process) been crazy, but I'm really enjoying it," Bailey said. "I'm just taking everything in. I'm going to take my time and not let it stress me out our pressure me."

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