Bailey Talks Syracuse Commitment
Antwon Bailey
Recruiting Analyst
Posted Nov 8, 2007

While Antwon Bailey may be diminutive, his production on the football field certainly does not reflect his physical stature. This Washington D.C., native gave his verbal commitment to Syracuse recently and in doing so, he gave them a running back that will certainly be tough to find behind a college-level offensive line, something he hopes to use to his advantage.

Antwon Bailey has helped lead St. John’s College High School to an 8-2 record and playoff berth this season on the heels of his 1356 yards rushing and 21 touchdowns. The 5-foot-7, 205-pound running back has also caught a touchdown and returned a punt for a score this year. While he held other scholarship offers to Navy and Army, we spoke to him about why he chose Syracuse in the end.

“When I took my visit there the coaches and players were really cool and it just seemed like they were all ready to turn things around there,” Bailey explained. “There was a positive attitude surrounding the program that really seeped through and you could tell that the entire city was behind them, despite their struggles this year. I love all of the players because you can see they are giving it their all and those are the type of people I want to be surrounded by.”

“The academic side of things also played a part in my decision, but I think one of the biggest factors was that my family also felt very comfortable with me going to Syracuse, especially my mother,” Bailey said. “She loved it there from the beginning and told me she thought the people and coaching staff there would take care of me. It meant a lot to both of us to get that feeling, so I didn’t waste any time and committed. I just can’t wait to get up and play in the Dome because it gets so loud in there and the crowd support was so great for the Illinois game.”

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