Alton Bailey, a 6-foot-5, 285 pound defensive tackle, has been busy practicing this summer, and the 117th ranked player in Scout.com’s Southeast Top 150 is ready to get into the grind of his senior season.
“My summer has been going good, I’ve just been camping a little and I plan on doing a lot more before school starts because I have a lot of things that I can work on to get better,” said Bailey. “I don’t know what my coach and my momma have set up for LSU because to be honest with you, I don’t check any of that mail and stuff…I just play ball.”
Camp or no camp, Bailey still feels the same about LSU as his dream school.
“I still feel real good about LSU. They have always been up there and nothing has changed,” stated Bailey.
What really attracts the huge defensive tackle to the Tigers?
“I really just love the school pride and the coaching staff,” said Bailey. “There is a great tradition of defensive linemen there and I really admire that. The coaching staff is real cool and they know what they are talking about.”
Bailey compares his style of play to an All-Pro defensive end because of his tenacity to the football and relentless attention to technique.
“I like to play like Dwight Freeney, you know, spin moves….always moving and leaving blockers behind, and I like getting doubled,” laughed Bailey.
LSU defensive line coach Brick Haley knows all about Freeney from his days of coaching in the NFL and he has earned the trust of Bailey over the course of the recruiting process.
“Coach [Brick] Haley is a real cool coach, we don’t stay in touch too much but when I need to, I can get a hold of him,” said Bailey. “I know they can’t call right now, but that will change when they can start calling.”
With Missouri being the latest to offer on top of USF, Alabama, LSU, Minnesota, and Boston College, Bailey claims that the new offer did shake up his top three, but just a little bit.
“Missouri just offered, but that doesn’t do anything to LSU at the top,” stated Bailey. “It just changes my top three which is LSU, USF, and Mizzou.”
Bailey just finished two summer classes to improve on what he claims to be a qualifying grade point average and is working on scheduling the ACT as soon as possible. He racked up 30 tackles and six sacks for Armwood as a junior, which earned him spots on the all-county, all-suncoast, and all-state underclassmen teams.
While finishing off a very busy summer, Bailey has an idea of which schools he wants to visit officially this season, but first he must run it by his advisor.
“I need to set up some, maybe LSU’s Homecoming game or something, I don’t even know yet. I better run this by my momma first though,” said Bailey with a laugh.