Under the Radar: Khalil Bailey

Midlands Recruiting Analyst
Posted Sep 30, 2013
Randy Withers, Midlands Recruiting Analyst


Khalil Bailey is a big play waiting to happen. The Lansing (KS) prospect is averaging a touchdown every three times he touches the football, yet Division 1 programs have yet to notice. Bailey breaks down his game with Scout.com.

Khalil Bailey is an under-the-radar prospect from Lansing (KS). If he keeps putting up numbers like he has through the season’s first four weeks, he won’t be for long.

“I think I’m pretty agile,” Bailey said. “I just like to get open very quickly, as quickly as I can. Just make sure the quarterback throws it up, because I can out jump the cornerbacks because I’m usually taller.”

The 6-foot-2, 180-pound senior has been a game-breaker for the Lions. After catching 24 passes for 655 yards and nine touchdowns last year, Bailey has almost matched those numbers through the first month of the 2013 season.

“Khalil is a very good athlete,” Coach Bill Pekarek said of his star receiver. “He has good speed, runs good routes, and has great hands and jumping ability. He is having a great season.” Great might be an understatement.

Through four games, Bailey has 28 receptions for 639 yards and seven touchdowns, along with two kickoff returns for TDs. He’s averaging nearly 23 yards per reception, and is carrying the ball across the goalline every 3.3 times he touches the football.

“I’ve just got to make sure I’m in position where I can get the ball,” he said of what goes through his mind when the ball is snapped. “It really depends on how the cornerback is playing me. I run a lot of flat routes, but I usually don’t like running flat routes. I like to get deep and just bomb it.”

“We are very glad he plays for us,” Pekarek said proudly. “I could see him playing some big-time football, if he could get a break from someone.”

Despite being of the most explosive playmakers in The Sunflower State, Bailey has yet to hear from any Division 1 programs. An intelligent, well-spoken young man, he admits he isn’t sure what he’s looking for in prospective schools.

“I haven’t really thought about much of that yet,” he said of what will factor into his decision. “I usually prefer a school that is further away. I like I spread type of offense. Other than that, I really haven’t looked into it that much.”

As Bailey continues to dominate, Pekarek is doing all he can to try and draw the attention of college coaches to Lansing to check out the All-State and All-League receiver.

“Saturday night, I went to dinner in Lawrence and ran into Bill Self,” Pekarak said of the Kansas men’s basketball coach. “We had a conversation about Khalil and what a good athlete he is. I don’t know if Khalil can help the basketball team, but I know he could help the football team.”

“I sent film to KU and K-State this last weekend,” he added. “They are fools if they don’t follow up on him.”

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