Athlete Alvin Bailey did it all for Armwood in 2011, and while playing both quarterback and wide receiver, led the Hawks to a state title. The talented wide receiver prospect finished his junior season with more than 2,200 total yards and 21 touchdowns, throwing for 836 yards and 10 touchdowns, rushed for 833 yards and six scores, and caught 22 passes for 376 yards and two touchdowns.
This past weekend Bailey took a very short trip to see what USF had to offer.
"The visit went very good," said Bailey. "I got to meet in-depth with the coaching staff and talk with the players about the school. It was a good experience."
"The campus is really big and very nice, and they have real nice football facilities," said Bailey. "The coaches also showed us what they are going to look like once they finish remolding and its looks like its going to be just great."
Bailey has been by USF many times but on this visit got to spend more quality time with the staff.
"It was real great to be around the coaching staff again. They didn't sugarcoat anything and were telling us all about the program, the good and the bad," said Bailey. "I really like the coaches over there. They're down to earth and real."
Being a local prospect Bailey got to talk with other local players who chose to go to USF.
"I talked a lot with Ryne Giddins and Andre Davis," said Bailey. "Giddins came from the same school that I go to, so it was good to get his point of view. He told all about why he mad his choice, and that he's glad he did, saying how good of a school it was and how the coaching staff really helps you."
"Talking with Andre Davis was rally cool, because he plays the same position I do," said Bailey. "He could have gone to a lot of big time schools, but he decided to stay home. Terrence Mitchell also could have gone to a lot of places, but chose the home team."
Bailey said that talking with former elite local players was very beneficial.
"It shows that even big time players will decide what's best for them instead of doing what everybody else thinks they should do," said Bailey. "It was a very good experience to see and hear that."
The Armwood standout is quickly becoming one of the hottest prospects in Tampa Bay and is being recruited as such with offers from South Florida, Notre Dame, Ole Miss, South Carolina, Arkansas, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, and UCF. Bailey has already formed a shortlist of schools standing out to him.
Bailey talked about how the junior day visit affected how he felt about the USF program.
"It didn't affect me a lot, because I already liked them a lot, but it was a real good visit and it did make them that much more attractive" said Bailey. "There are a lot of positive things happening at USF right now, and I like the school a lot."
"The staff was trying to press me or anything like that. They were just telling me how much they like me, want me, and think I'm the type of guy to help them win championships," said Bailey. "I really respected that."
Bailey said he plans on checking out other programs later in the spring and summer.
"I may go to Florida's junior day coming up," said Bailey. "I also want to check out some of these other programs, but that may be later in the spring or summer."
As too when he'll make his college choice, Bailey is unsure.
"I'll probably make my decision either before or after the season," said Bailey. "I don't want to do anything that will interfere with my senior season, because once you do it overtakes everything. I'll do it when I feel comfortable. Right now I'm just focused on winning another start championship."