University of Louisville football coach Charlie Strong has tapped his old school – the University of Florida – for yet another transfer.
Willie Bailey, a three-star prospect out of Hallandale, Fla., High School, left the Gators' program in mid-December and has enrolled at Louisville.
The 6-foot-2, 175-pound Bailey was the No. 33 safety prospect in the country in the Class of 2012 by Scout.com and was the No. 35 player in the state of Florida.
He's a heck of an athlete," Hallandale coach Dameon Jones said. "He's one of those kids that don't come around very often. He's a good one."
Bailey enrolled early last year at Florida but didn't play this season and was scheduled to take a redshirt year. He had originally been committed to Miami, Fla., before backing off of that and heading to Gainesville.
A three-star high school player, Bailey had 81 tackles and two interceptions as a senior at Hallandale.
"He looks like a safety with his size but he moves very well, he's fast and he loves to cover," Jones said. "I had him for four years and he played everything for me, offense, defense and special teams. He just has a nose for the ball."
He's the fourth transfer from Florida in three years for U of L. Cornerback Adrian Bushell played his final two seasons at U of L and was an All-Big East performer. Tight end Gerald Christian and wide receiver Robert Clark both transferred to U of L last winter, sat out this season and are expected to be major contributors to the team next season.