Former 4-star RB has Sights Set on USF

Spring is the time of new life, and the same goes for football. Read on and find out what former 4-star RB and player of the year is looking for a fresh start with the Bulls this summer. Only on - Stay informed

After the USF spring game, 6'0", 245 pound Kalvin Bailey, a former 4-star RB prospect on has told that he plans on being at USF this summer.


"It was a great experience and a lot of fun, Mike Ford had a good game, and so did Jarriett Buie who I've known forever."


If you don't remember Kalvin Bailey, he's the former Armwood star and Hillsborough football player of the year, that originally signed with Iowa in 2005.


"I wanted to come back closer to home and USF or UCF were my top choices, but in the end USF seemed like the best fit for me."


Bailey was a highly coveted back and was recruited by the Bulls coming out of Armwood in 2004, and said they're were several factors to what attracted him to USF.


"The program has lots of upside and Coach Leavitt has a lot of passion, and is a great coach. Also me and Coach Franks were close in high school, so I feel comfortable there.  It's very close to home and I can be around my family so that's a big attraction for me. It'll take away some of the stress of being away."


While at Armwood, Bailey amassed career totals of 4,841 yards on 675 rushing attempts and 67 touchdowns, along with seven pass receptions for 175 yards and two scores, and helped Armwood win state titles as a junior and senior. He rushed for 1,576 yards and 27 touchdowns on as a senior, and rushed for 1,733 yards and 23 touchdowns as a junior, with 1,192 yards on 157 attempts as a sophomore, with 17 scores.

Along the way he had many accolades including all-America recognition as a prep senior, first team all-state as a senior and junior, first team all-conference selection as a senior and junior after earning second team honors as a sophomore, and was also the team captain as a junior and senior.


Bailey had many offers, and then went on to Iowa where he redshirted his first year before running into academic issues. After leaving Iowa Bailey transferred to Northern Iowa CC where he played, but still finished with 247 yards rushing and two scores with 45 receiving yards.


"I got injured in our spring game, and the trainers aren't like D-1, and never healed and it lingered all season."


He then went on to the College of Siskiyous where he played both fullback and tailback carrying the ball 62 times for 363 yards (5.9 avg.) and four touchdowns, and caught 11 passes for 81 yards receiving with two scores, and was player of the week after gaining, 143 yd, 2 TD on 14 carries.


"I did well at Siskiyous, they moved me around a lot in the backfield, playing tailback, fullback, and tight end sometimes. The thing I improved the most on was my blocking skills."


Bailey is now at HCC finishing up a class and plans on finishing in May.

"As soon as I finish this one algebra class, I got to send it back to the school in California, and then I'll have my AA degree. I talked to coach Leavitt and he said get my AA and everything will be taken care of."

For now the plan is to complete his degree and join the Bulls this summer as a walk-on.

"Coach Leavitt wants me to walk-on, so I earn it. He doesn't just want to give it to me, and I understand where he's coming from. This will make me work hard and that's what I need."

The bruising back said it feels good to be home and is excited about a fresh start with the Bulls.

"Yeah this is it, and when I talked to Coach Leavitt, his thing is what happens in the past got to stay in the past, and this is a good story coming back home and helping USF get to another level. So I'm really looking forward to coming back, starting fresh with a good support system and moving on."

Bailey isn't sure what position he'll play for the Bulls, but thinks he'll fit in well on the offense.


"It's the same type offense that we ran in junior college, I'm not sure what position I'll play, probably a little of both."


The former Armwood star has several connections to USF, including being friends with Jarriett Buie and Jacob Griffin, and also is familiar with Bulls QB Matt Grothe.


"Me and Matt Grothe played against each other two year in a row in the state championship, and we were both also at the USF 7 on 7 tournament.I also know Tyrone McKenzie, when I went up to USF he was telling me that it would be a good move for me to come there. Buie has been saying the same thing, and now I'm just trying to make it happen."


When Bailey finishes his AA, he will have two years of eligibility left, and said several schools have expressed interest, but knows where he wants to be.

"Right now I'm pretty set on USF, being back home and closer to my son. I told Coach Leavitt I'll be done on the 12th, and he said we better have you out here on the 13th. I'm looking forward to getting there and jumping right into things and help USF how ever I can."

Bailey is a strong bruising runner that benches over 400 pounds, but has the speed and athletic ability to block, catch and run the ball.

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