Bailey excited for upcoming trip to Florida

Jacksonville (Fla.) Raines High School is home to one of the more talented 2015 teams in the entire state of Florida. Among those talented athletes is hybrid defensive end JaQuan Bailey, a 6-foot-3 240 pound speed demon off the edge that hits the backfield with an attitude. Bailey already has eight offers and Florida is on the verge of making it nine.

Miami, Wake Forest, Vanderbilt, Marshall, Cincinnati, North Carolina, Purdue, and Western Kentucky have already offered up scholarship opportunity to JaQuan Bailey. Bailey is a guy that spent different parts of his young life rooting for three different schools.

“I actually grew up a fan of Florida, Miami, and Tennessee,” he said by phone late Wednesday. “My sister graduated from the University of Florida. She was there when Tebow, Percy, Joe Haden, and the twins and all of them were there. I was probably the biggest Florida fan.”

“Tennessee came on because one of my closest uncles lived in Nashville, Tennessee. I remember being scared of a big old statue of Peyton Manning. I told him I didn’t know who it was, That’s when my uncle gave me a long lecture about Peyton and everything about Tennessee.

“Miami actually became one of my top three because when I went down there to camp I just loved the campus. It just feels like home and is fun.”

Bailey’s favorite college player just participated in the NFL combine and there are a few reasons that Dante Fowler is the guy he looks up to.

“I feel like he and I play just the same,” Bailey said of the probable first round pick. “I also feel like I could replace him at Florida. We actually have a lot in common… same height, almost the same weight, and I think that I have a real chance of working in faster than him too.”

Bailey was on the phone with Florida assistant Tim Skipper earlier Tuesday and has been talking a lot to the Florida staff.

“He told me that I will be announcing an offer on Friday the 14th of March,” Bailey said of what should amount to offer number nine for him. “He said they love my speed my high motor they think I'm a hell of an athlete.”

According to Bailey, the Florida staff wants to do things in person and not by phone.

“Coach Skip basically told me that he wants the offer to mean something to me and when I come up there they will offer,” Bailey reiterated. “He said when the defensive coaches watched my film, they loved me and told him that they had to have me.”

There is a camp in the way that weekend, but Bailey says there is nothing that will keep him away from having that meeting with the Florida staff.

“I will be making that trip on Friday afternoon,” he said. “I will leave school early just to go to Florida.”

In the meantime teammate Rick Wells who is already committed to Florida is on Bailey “Wells is always chomping,” Bailey said. And he knows current Gator Travaris Dorsey.

“I used to practice versus him in my sophomore year,” Bailey said. “I haven’t talked to him since the last time he was here, but I am looking forward to talking to him about Florida.

Along with the camp in a few weeks, Bailey plays a little tight end for the Jacksonville Hornets 7on7 team and he will attend The Opening qualifier combine this Sunday in Orlando.

Although he doesn’t have a date set to make any kind of announcement, he believes that he won’t wait too long to make that choice.

“Hopefully I will make my decision before spring after our spring game,” he said before also stating that he likes everything about this recruiting game. “I like the recruiting process because it is a lot of fun with all the interviews and people asking me questions, I basically feel like a celebrity.”

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