“I came up yesterday and went to a Reds game,” said the 6-foot-6, 320-pound Bailey. “We got the nosebleed seats so we could look over the river and then came here today where I did a quick workout.
“The coaches liked what they saw and gave me a scholarship and later today I committed.”
While it may seem Bailey made a quick decision. The recruiting work of assistant coach Jeff Koonz and a friendship between Bearcats offensive line coach Darren Hiller and one of Bailey's high school coaches made it easy.
“Coach Hiller is a good friend of my offensive line coach at Lambert,” explained Bailey. “So he introduced us. I've found him to be really cool and honest and that is really important to me and I can't wait to work with him.”
Despite not holding a division one offer, Bailey was treated by the Bearcats coaching staff like a high level recruit during his weekend stay.
“I had an offer from a Division Two school and didn't expect to get this much attention,” he said. “But it was real cool and I really like everything I saw here. I like the way they take care of their players as the dorms are like apartments. It really seems like it's all about the players so it was really cool.”
While Bearcat fans might worry about the distance from home, Bailey was quick to express his thoughts on being a few states away from his family.
“Distance from home is not a huge issue for me,” he said. “Most of my family lives in New York and I live in Georgia. So I never really saw anyone in my family. I know my dad is going to go wherever I'm going to go. So distance from home was never a really big deal to me.”
With his commitment Bailey also feels a sense of relief not just for himself, but also for his dad.
“I'm really excited and happy about this as I get to take care of my dad,” he said. “Now he doesn't have to worry about paying for my college anymore. So he can just relax and watch me play.”