One day after the Florida Gators added wide receiver Marqui Hawkins to their 2013 recruiting class, another pass catcher said his interest in the orange and blue is waning. Seffner, FL (Armwood) WR Alvin Bailey would have committed to Florida at one time, but now he’s not nearly as sure. Without an offer from the Gators, Bailey seems close to eliminating them from his list of possibilities.
Bailey was hoping to join Armwood teammate Matt Jones – his best friend – on the Gators offense one day. His dream was to receive an offer and commit on the spot. Bailey even went as far as saying that commitment would have been it and the recruiting process would have ended there for him.
Fast forward to Tuesday and those feelings have almost entirely vanished. While Florida hasn’t been eliminated yet, Bailey plans to trim his list after spring football is over and if the Gators still haven’t offered, they’ll be out of the running.
It’s hard to put a finger on exactly why Florida hasn’t extended an offer to the four-star receiver. One of the nation’s better WRs, Bailey would be a welcome addition to a number of programs. However, if you take a look at what the Gators already have at the position – or at least what they’ve picked up recently – you may find your answer.
Florida has three wide receivers that are already a part of the 2013 recruiting class. Not one of those three is listed under 6’1″. Look at the 2012 class and you’ll find two more WRs both listed 6’0″ or taller. You can even look ahead to 2014 and see the Gators just extended an offer to the 6’2″ Austin Roberts ($). Bailey, on the other hand, is listed at 5’11”. While clearly talented, there’s a reason Florida hasn’t offered the Seffner receiver. One has to wonder if his size has anything to do with it.