Bailey's praying on decision

Bailey's praying on decision

Sterling Bailey may already know where he is going, but he is praying about it to make sure it is where God wants him to go. He talks about that and more here.

"I think I have already made my decision," said Sterling Bailey. "I think I know where I want to be in college, but I have to make sure it is where the Lord wants me to be. I think it is, but He is going to have to tell me when to commit to this school and that it is the right one."

Over two dozen schools have offered the defensive end out of Gainesville (GA) East Hall and while he may know in his heart the one he will be attending after his high school career is over, he has publicly named six finalists.

He and his head coach Bryan Gray sat down on Thursday afternoon and decided Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Notre Dame, South Carolina, and Tennessee were the best six options.

Bailey gave a brief statement on each of his finalists.

Alabama: "I really like how they will always contend for SEC and National Championships."

Florida: "I like how their defense can run both the 4-3 and 3-4 because I can fit into both. I like how they are always going to be at or near the top too."

Georgia: "Mark Richt and Todd Grantham are great coaches and I just love talking to them. I like how the Georgia coaches talk to me about life and not just all football."

Notre Dame: "I like how they are a spiritual school because I am a very spiritual person. I put God first in everything I do and Notre Dame is about that too."

South Carolina: "I love South Carolina because of the connection me and Coach [Shane] Beamer have. He recruited my brother (Korentheus Bailey), so he has had a connection with my family for years now."

Tennessee: "I love talking to Chuck Smith there and I like how he has given me tips on being a better player. He is a smart coach that has given me some good advice."

It is down to those six to one of the top defensive prospects in the state of Georgia.

Bailey may know where he wants to go but until he gets clearance from God, he will not be committing to any school.

He said it could happen any time.

"It is all in the Lord's hands now," said the 6-foot-5, 260 pound defensive end. "If He tells me to commit after spring practice in May, then I will, but if He tells me to wait a while longer, then I will do that too."

"I am going to do what God tells me to do, so I will just pray about it and let Him lead me to my decision."

Whatever school Bailey feels so strongly about inside, he has felt that way for over a month now. He is a simple young man and the reason he feels so strongly about one school in particular is simple.

"I love this school because of the connection I have with the coaches there. I feel safety with them, they have treated me like a son, and I just feel at home. I have felt this way about this school since March."


Chad Simmons is the Recruiting Manager for the South Region and he can be reached at ChadSimmons@Scout.com.

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