Bailey establishing bond with USC staff

Building relationships between players and coaches is what recruiting is all about. And for East Hall HS (Gainesville, Ga) DE Sterling Bailey, his relationship with the coaches at South Carolina is only continuing to get better.

Bailey was another prospect who attended Junior Day in Columbia last weekend, and said he loved everything about the visit.

"It was a great experience," said Bailey. "I really loved it, I really loved the coaches and everything the facilities, it was nice and I just really overall enjoyed it."

With many Gamecock fans looking at 2010 as a big year for the team, Bailey said he is also appreciating the lofty goals that the program is setting.

"They're a young team, they have high expectations of winning the SEC, and it being their first time ever winning it."

As for what really stands out at South Carolina, Bailey said that he is developing a great relationship with the coaches, including the head man, Steve Spurrier.

"I really love them, Coach Spurrier, Coach Beamer, I love all the coaches up there, they're amazing," added Bailey.

Since he already sports offers from the majority of schools across the SEC and ACC, Bailey noted that it could be the coaches and his relationship with them that may really set a school apart. He does not claim a leader, but will look to get to know coaches at programs around the southeast over the next year.

"I'm looking for a good relationship with the coaches and the players, and I'm just looking for a good atmosphere to play, a place where I could fit in," said Bailey. "A place that I think I'm going to get a good education."

With such an impressive offer list already, it is obvious that Bailey is a prospect of high talent. He said that for his freshman year, he would be looking for a place where he could hopefully come in and make an impact right away.

"I want to be one of the game changers, players who come in their freshman year and compete for their position," said Bailey. "I don't want to get redshirted, but if that's what the coaches want to do then I'm all for it. But I want to be fighting for my position that first year on campus."

Bailey will be in Athens this weekend to visit the Georgia Bulldogs.

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