In-Home Visit Amplifies Why Bailey is a Gator

Florida head coach Will Muschamp dropped by the home of receiver commitment Alvin Bailey on Monday and the Seffner Armwood star got another look and feel for why he wants to call Florida home. With his mother and brothers in attendance, the family is ready to get their official visit to Florida rocking this next weekend.

For Alvin Bailey and his team they are used to winning championships and so this past year didn't live up to some others for Armwood. However, Bailey certainly did his part to try and win every game.

"The season was pretty good," he said. "Our team wasn't as good as the 2011 team, but we still went to third round of the playoffs. I think I did pretty good and had some stats, overall it was pretty successful.

Post-season was also good to Bailey as he was announced to the roster of the Under Armour All-American team. Bailey spent all week with some future Gators as they bonded and tried to get a few more on the train.

"My week at the Under Armour was a tremendous experience," he said. "I was just chilling all week with the Gator guys and nobody could really say anything about the Gators. We bragged about the Gators 100%... all the time. It was just great to be out there with the best of the best.

"We are trying to get Robert Nkemdiche, Reuben Foster, and Shaq Wiggins, I talk to them guys a lot. I was all over them at the Under Armour game, so hopefully it works."

Bailey is part of a five receiver group that is committed to Florida, one that the staff is hoping and confident will come in and make a difference in what the gators can do offensively.

"Just thinking about how good it is going to be is just a great thought," Bailey said of the five receivers and what they bring to the table. "Knowing the impact we have a chance of making is a great feeling.

"I feel 100% confident in this group coming in. Me, Ahmad, and Marqui, I don't see anyone that is going to stop us. Guys that are already there will try and work hard to keep us off the field, but with us coming in it will be a great time for us to do some things."

Bailey is a bit of a popular player among his peers. Some of the other receivers and guys that know him from the Tamp area that were committed to Florida were on him feverishly to commit to Florida before he finally did. The twitter exchanges were many and fun and Bailey knows he has some good friends already to be a part of it with him.

"Those guys were after me, Ahmad was tearing me up on twitter telling me to just come," he said. "A lot of those guys are close friends and I am just very happy to be a part of the Gator family."

When Florida did finally offer, it was likely just a matter of time before Bailey pulled the trigger. Once he felt comfortable, there was no turning back.

"I grew up a Gator fan, my family went to the University of Florida, and I just felt like I could go in and make an impact at the receiver spot," he said.

Monday, Will Muschamp and assistant coach Derek Lewis showed up in Bailey's home to talk Florida with him and his family. Bailey expressed that it probably couldn't have gone much better.

"We talked about (Coach Muschamp) coming down and then he came to my house and sat down with my mom and my brothers," Bailey said. "A lot of things were thrown out on the table and he pleased my mom. My mom is very happy for me to go up there.

"He said playing time is going to be up to me. I am taking my official on Friday and my mom is going to see all kinds of stuff. Everything is going to be good. She really liked how Coach Muschamp handled everything and how he is straight forward about everything."

Bailey played some quarterback at Armwood. He is one of those guys that a high school coach just has to make sure the ball gets in his hands. He has some unique skills and elusiveness that helped seal his offer from Florida.

"I think I can bring that 'wow' factor to the Gators," he said. "I will be that explosive guy who in the open field will be hard to stop. They won't be able to control me and I can do different things for the offense.

He says Gator fans can look forward to, "a cool and funny guy that on the football field is ready to come play and make plays."


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