It's not often that a player with as much pure athleticism as Mychal Bailey chooses Kentucky. Standing at 6-foot-1, 210 pounds, Bailey runs the forty in around 4.45 seconds. As sophomore as Southwest Mississippi Community College, Bailey had 101 tackles and two interceptions in nine games. "I had a good season," said Bailey.
Bailey was known as a big hitter coming out of high school, but he's improved as a player since that time. "I've improved my mental status," said Bailey. "I'm a smarter player now. I learned my defensive keys and coverages. I have learned to read the offense. I've gotten faster, stronger and improved my quickness," said Bailey.
In high school Bailey was a safety, but he's played linebacker as a Juco. But he's expecting to move back to safety at UK. "I'm going to be playing safety at Kentucky," said Bailey. "But I was so good at linebacker here and we didn't have that many linebackers. They moved me there to help out the defense."
"I stay in touch with coach Phillips and coach Thurmond," Bailey continued. "We have talked about what I can do for the team," he said.
As a Georgia prospect and also a prospect just a stone's throw away from Auburn, big wins over the Bulldogs and the Tigers were a big deal to Mychal. "Man, it was a good feelig to see them beat both of those teams," said Bailey. "Those are top programs. I loved to see Kentucky beat them because a lot of folks didn't think they could do it, especially Georgia," said Bailey.
There have been questions about when Bailey would arrive on campus, with the hope being Bailey could be at Kentucky in the spring semester, but it appears that won't happen. "I'm probably coming in the summer," Bailey said. "I need one more English class. I can't wait to get up there. I'm just focused on getting up to Lexington."
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