Kentucky has a good one in Bailey

Southwest Mississippi DB Mychal Bailey (6-0, 204) committed to Kentucky a couple of months ago, but that hasn't stopped schools from across the country from showing him enough love to get him interested in their programs. However, the talented and versatile defender told recently they can try all they want, but he's focused on signing with the Wildcats in February...

Bailey prepped at LaGrange High School in Georgia and had schools looking at him, but he was unable to qualify for a D-1 scholarship so he headed to the place his coaches and friends recommended.

"My coach at La Grange told me he'd sent players (to SW Miss) a couple of times and he believed in their system and what they could do for you here as a player and a student," Bailey told earlier this week. "When I got here the coaches were really helpful to me adjusting to things and I fit in well with the other players so it was a good place for me to be."

Because of his prototypical size and speed (4.37), Bailey can project almost anywhere in the secondary and he's started at both corner and safety for the Bears and was named All-Conference and All-Region both years and this year he received 2nd Team NJCAA All-American honors after posting 101 tackles, two sacks, two forced fumbles and two interceptions, one of which he took back for a touchdown.

"Because of my speed and quickness, I feel like I can play both, but I really like safety a lot," Bailey said. "I can read the quarterback and then run to where he's throwing the ball and I can either make the big stick or I can pick it and return it.

"It's a comfort-level thing and I think I'm best at free safety, but I'll play whatever because I love playing the game and I love to hit. Put me out there and I'll do whatever it takes to get a win."

With that attitude, schools came flocking to the SW Mississippi campus, but Kentucky was the first school to offer and he jumped on it right away for a number of reasons.

"They had a bunch of my friends up there already," Bailey said. "Christian Johnson and I go way back, I've known Brendan Kelly and there are a bunch of other guys I know that are up there so it was a great fit and a place I could feel real comfortable at.

"I loved the coaches and the whole atmosphere there was football and school and the whole city just embraces the program and that school. It's perfect."

Besides the Wildcats, Bailey said he has offers from Troy, Southern Miss, Arizona State and schools like Arkansas, Tennessee, Mississippi State, Mississippi and UAB showing him interest.

"I already took my trip up to Kentucky when they played Alabama and it was great," Bailey said. "If someone offered me a trip, I'd probably take it, but I'm all about Kentucky blue through and through. I'm not going to change my mind."

Bailey will finish up his AA degree in June and expects to hit the road north to Lexington shortly thereafter. Once he arrives, he'll have two years to play two.

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