So far, the thing the next player on our countdown is best known for is his haircut. Alvin Bailey rocks a flat top and it’s been his most distinguishable feature. Well this season, that could change. Bailey redshirted last year as he develops into a playmaking wide receiver that the Gators desperately need. With a year of practice under his belt, Bailey could become exactly what Florida needs. He’s improved his route running and techniques, but his instincts with the ball in his hands are going to be the key to his, and ultimately Florida’s success.
Bailey was a part of the top-ranked bunch of wide receivers Joker Phillips and Will Muschamp put together on Signing Day 2013. He’s a versatile 5-11 187 pound wide out who came to UF highly ranked. According to 247 Sports Composite Rankings, Bailey was a four-star recruit, ranking as the 26th best player in Florida, 20th best WR in the nation, and 179th overall. His accolades include attending Nike’s The Opening in Oregon and playing in the Under Armor All-American game as a senior.
Armwood High School in Seffner, FL has become a traditional powerhouse when it comes to high school football. It constantly produces top Division I talent, including Bailey and teammate Matt Jones. Bailey played multiple positions, including wide receiver, quarterback, and defensive back. Named All-State as a junior, he put up some nice numbers. he produced in the all aspects of the offense, throwing for 875 yards with 12 touchdowns, rushing for 872 yards with six TDs, and catching 22 passes for 404 yards and three touchdowns. He followed that up with a senior campaign in which he played mostly WR, racking up 658 yards and nine touchdowns in 40 receptions. He led Armwood to the 2011 Class 6A State Championship, which was later revoked due to an ineligible player. In the state championship game, Bailey threw two touchdowns and caught another.
Look for number 89 to see the field often this upcoming season as he and the rest of the receiving corps try to improve upon lackluster performances of years past. If his past performance is any indication of how he will do, then Bailey should provide a much-needed boost. You can follow him @HawkStarAB.