He's not ready to pull the trigger, but four-star
Alpharetta (Ga.) wideout
Bailey concedes it may take a special effort for the other
teams on his list to beat out the home state favorite.
"They're all pretty close, but Georgia has shown the
most interest in me," said the 6-foot, 165-pound receiver, a member of the Rivals.com
Top 100 team. "That's the only school that every week I talk
to the head coach. Mark Richt makes a point of speaking to me personally
every week. That sends a real big message to me that I'm their No. 1
receiver and they want me real bad.
"With all that Georgia has to offer and it being so
close to me, it will be hard for someone to pull me away from them."
Those attempting to do so include Florida State,
Tennessee, Stanford, Virginia, Florida and Clemson. He had recently
considered trimming his list to five, but said Clemson and Tennessee have
made him take a longer look in recent weeks.
"I like both those programs, their offenses," he
said. "I'm still thinking about them."
Bailey has attended four games this season:
Tennessee-Georgia, Miami-Florida, Florida-Tennessee and Clemson-Georgia.
"They've all been pretty good, exciting games," he
said. "What I do, though, is go and watch the offenses they run, watch the
receivers. I liked the Tennessee-Georgia game a lot because it gave me a
chance to see both of them against each other. Georgia probably had the edge
there because they're set at the quarterback position. Tennessee didn't have
(Casey) Clausen, so they were kind of limited with what they could do."
His next trip will likely be the Notre Dame-Florida
State game Oct. 26 in Tallahassee.
Through six games of his senior season, Bailey has
caught an amazing 50 passes for 975 yards and 11 touchdowns. He's already
surpassed his figures as a junior when he caught 37 balls for 790 yards and