"It is kind of bittersweet," Bailey said of ending the recruiting process. "But it is a blessing to find my school, the fun part has been seeing all the different schools."
And how did Bailey pick?
"My family and I prayed about it and this is the best fit," Bailey said. "We just analyzed all the schools, but Illinois is the best fit for me."
There were several things in particular that made the decision easy for the Illinois standout.
"I like the coaching staff and the group of guys they have now," Bailey said. "And the guys that they are recruiting they have an overall great team."
He added, "And why not have a chance to do it in a place close to home."
Bailey led Bolingbrook to the Illinois 8A state title, on the very field that he will play his college ball – and he looks back on it as a bit of foreshadowing now.
"Its kind of exciting when we won state I wasn't thinking about it," Bailey said. "I wasn't thinking about college ball at all."
He added, "It's kind of funny that I got a chance to play on a college filed before my college."
Something else he has been thinking about, is his decision to choose Illinois – which he made Monday.
"Actually we made the decision early this week but I had the ACT and the PSAT Tuesday and Wednesday," Bailey said.
But now, he's ready to focus on his senior season and moving onto the Big Ten.
"It's going to be a blessing," Bailey said. "Just the fact that the weight is off my shoulders and the fact that I get to play college sports with Robbie Bain for three more years and the guys at Illinois."
He added, "And the fact that I am not second guessing is great. I can relax now and focus on my senior season."
And Bailey has a word for Illinois fans.
"I am definitely 100-percent committed," Bailey said.