What's the status of Mychal Bailey?

Kentucky's 2007 class featured an explosive safety named Mychal Bailey. Bailey was forced to go to junior college from high school, but has never let Kentucky get far from his mind.

LaGrange High School (Ga.) has been a pipeline for good football players for the University of Kentucky in recent years. One of those players who didn't make it to Kentucky was Mychal Bailey. Bailey took a detour to Southwest Mississippi Community College, where he enrolled in January of this year. When Bailey makes it to division one, he'll be a part of the 2010 class.

As a safety in high school, Bailey was known for his big hits and his speed. Now his coaches have him playing another position. "They've got me playing bandit (outside linebacker) in a 3-3 defensive set. That's a big difference from high school when we had four linemen," said Bailey. "(In college) I'm looking to be a safety," he said.

At 6-foot-3, 200 pounds, Bailey possesses the size to be a very good safety at the next level and even after gaining weight and changing positions, he hasn't lost his speed. "I run a 4.47 in the 40. That was this summer," he said. "I'm gaining weight, slowly but surely," he said. "Since we started back working out, I've been putting on weight."

So after all this time, is Bailey still a part of the Wildcat family?

"I'm still with UK all the way," said Bailey. "I talk to coach (Joker) Phillips all the time. I keep in touch with them always."

Bailey didn't fail to impress in SMCC's loss to Mississippi Delta last Thursday. "I had four solo tackles, two assists, two forced fumbles, one pass break up, one sack, and one touchdown on a fumble recovery," he said.

Adding Bailey's speed and quickness to the safety position will be an asset to Kentucky for the 2010 class, as the Wildcats will be losing Calvin Harrison and Ashton Cobb that season.


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