USAAAB: Sterling Bailey

Sterling Bailey got a lot of early buzz this year when 31 scholarship offers rolled in. When Bailey made his decision, he rejected all further advances and closed out his recruitment. Bailey was selected to play in the U.S. Army All-American game and he was honored to be chosen. Scout was on hand today to talk Georgia, practice and recruiting.

Sterling Bailey profile

Sterling is the younger brother of Korentheus Bailey who signed on with Western Kentucky a couple years back.

The younger of the two Bailey brothers learned a lot by watching his older sibling go through the recruiting process.

"I learned to put my trust in God and not just in coaches," said Bailey. "If you put your trust in him, then he will never fail you."

Sterling, who is a devout Christian, used some guidance from above when making his college decision.

"The way I broke it down is that I named my top ten and then I prayed over all of them," said Bailey. "My pastor prayed about it with me and then I just felt like God led me to Georgia. You can't second guess God."

The talented defensive end is excited about his future in Athens and being part of the Dawg defensive efforts.

"I feel like there is a really good outlook for us," said Bailey. "They brought in Coach Grantham and this was just the first year with a new system and I feel like they did pretty good for the first year. As the years go on it will get better and better.

"Bringing us in is going to help and I played in the 3-4 at East Hall, so I feel like I can pick it up pretty quick too."

This week Sterling is having to pick up the nuances of playing inside as he makes the move to defensive tackle for the East squad.

"I am willing to do whatever suits the team," said Bailey. "I guess that's what the coaches wanted me to play because we were a little short on defensive tackles, but we had a lot of ends."

The crash course on the three technique took some getting used to for the Georgia standout.

"It was a tough day because we're going up against the best talent in the nation," said Sterling. "There are a lot of great players here, so it's all a challenge. I really learned a lot today working with these guys."

While many of his peers are trying to bend the ears of other players in hopes of luring them to their favorite school, Bailey is taking a much different approach to the process.

"I haven't been trying to recruit other players because my philosophy is that if it is not in your heart it's not worth trying to talk you into it," said Sterling. "Georgia was in my heart, so nobody could have talked me out of that."

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