Sterling Bailey - Keeping An Open Mind

East Hall HS defensive end Sterling Bailey made a visit to Atlanta last week for the Georgia Tech - North Carolina basketball game. He and some other recruits were able to hang out with the coaches and see more of what Georgia Tech has to offer.

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Bailey said he really enjoyed his experience at Tech. "Georgia Tech was amazing," he said. "I went with my teammate Chaz Cheeks. The coaches were all hyped up. Coach Todd Spencer (his recruiting coach) was out in the cold waiting on us when we got there. He said that's what he was going to do and I didn't believe him. But, he stayed dedicated to his word. I loved it. I was able to talk with all the coaches and sit down with Coach Johnson. We went to the basketball game, which got kind of boring though because UNC couldn't make a game of it. But overall, the experience was great."

When spoke with Bailey, he said that he picked up his 18th offer from Virginia that day. Other offers he's holding include Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Southern Cal.

A couple weekends ago, Bailey was set to visit Florida but couldn't since he was snowed in. Clemson is the only other school Bailey has visited so far. "Clemson was good," he said. "I really enjoyed it, loved the atmosphere. It's very, very nice. I loved it."

Sterling planned to visit South Carolina the weekend of the 20th then plans to be in Athens to visit the Bulldogs the weekend of the 27th. "After that, there'll be one or two more visits and that'll be it for right now," Bailey said. Expect him to make appearances again in the summer.

Georgia Tech, along with other schools recruiting Bailey, runs a 3-4 defense. So where do Tech coaches see him fitting in their scheme?

"They're recruiting me for either defensive end or linebacker. They see me as a hybrid that can play both outside linebacker and end. I like the prospect of playing linebacker. But it doesn't really matter; whichever helps me and the team succeed I will play."

Sterling says he'll probably be making his decision over the summer or during his senior season. Right now he has no leader and is keeping an open mind. Top Stories