AJC Super 11 candidate: East Hall DE Sterling Bailey (committed to UGA)

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    Sterling Bailey (Special)

    Since 1985, the AJC’s Super 11 team has transformed into one of the nation’s most elite lists, consisting of the best 11 high school football players from the talent-loaded state of Georgia. Over the next few weeks, we’ll go over the top candidates for this year’s AJC Super 11, which will be released on Aug. 15)

    The AJC Super 11 candidate: East Hall DE Sterling Bailey

    The skinny: The 6-foot-5, 260-pound Bailey is one of the state’s best high school players that no one outside of the Gainesville area really knows about — other than college recruiters. Last year as a junior, Bailey had 68 tackles, 22 tackles for losses, 17 QB hurries and 5 sacks.

    Colleges: Bailey bought in to UGA’s “Dream Team” concept, committing to the Bulldogs among nearly 30 offers. He says he is working on many of the state’s other top players to also sign with UGA. As with all elite prospects, many schools, including Alabama and Mississippi, are continuing to recruit Bailey, who confirmed to the AJC that he is “100-percent committed to Georgia.”

    They said it: “I committed to Georgia at defensive end, but they want me at linebacker when I get there. I had went to Mark Richt Camp, and that was the first time I tried outside linebacker. Coach [Mark Richt] and [defensive coordinator Todd Grantham] said they loved  that position for me … that not only can I jam up the tight end, but also drop back in coverage. They said I was the all-around player that they were looking for in an outside linebacker.” — Sterling Bailey

    The lowdown: Bailey moves as well as any big guy in high school. He has flown under the radar because he plays at East Hall, which has posted 1-9 records in each of the last three seasons. Bailey is an one-man wrecking machine on defense. Last year, he tackled a Lumpkin County player so hard that the player’s helmet was cracked down the middle. East Hall’s coaches do a good job of moving Bailey around along the defensive front, making it tougher for offensive blockers to gang up on him. They will do it again this year, along with letting him see some spot duty at OLB. Bailey overpowers most offensive lineman with the basic “bull rush” but also has enough speed to beat the tackles around the corner into the offensive backfield. What really impresses me the most about Bailey is his hustle. Unlike many high school players who quit and turn into fans/observers after the play has passed them, Bailey will continue to pursuit from behind. It leads to some “kill shots” by Bailey when the ball-carriers cut back or dance around to avoid East Hall’s defensive backs.

    If it was completely my vote: I think Bailey is a “freak athlete” and one of the state’s best overall defenders. You rarely see kids this big at this age moves this well. For most in his situation, they simply take up space on the field in high school and only start to tap into their potential after 2-3 years in college. Not Bailey, it’s there now, or was last year. I would love to see Sterling Bailey match up with Colquitt County OT Xzavier Ward in a game — two giants with uncanny athleticism. Back to Bailey: He has enough size and raw athleticism to play DE, DT, OLB, OT or OG in college. If he plays OLB, he will need to make improvements in his hip flexibility for pass coverage, etc. The more film I watch of Bailey, the more I like him. I’m thinking when it’s all said and done,  Bailey will be one of the top 2-3 recruits in UGA’s 2011 class, regardless of who they already have committed or will lure down the road. Bailey is truly something special.

    • What are YOUR thoughts on this AJC’s Super 11 candidate,  East Hall DE Sterling Bailey? Please post below

    Note: The AJC’s Super 11 team consists of the state’s top 11 senior football players, and not college prospects. It is selected by AJC staff members in a partnership with our friends from GHSFD, based on observing the player either in person or on film. A very important part of the process is getting recommendations and feedback from high school coaches from around the state, along with running the names by a few college coaches. It’s an imperfect process, but we do our best. The AJC’s 2010 Super 11 team will be released next month.

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    July 27th, 2010
    4:47 am

    Jimmy in Gainesville

    July 27th, 2010
    5:26 am

    Mark it down … Bailey is the real deal. He will be one of the top two players in Georgia’s class. He is one tough dude and can getter done. He will be a number one draft choice in the NFL. His hustle, passion, desire to win, never quit attitude defines greatness. He’s a can’t miss prospect and I am glad he will be wearing red and black. This is one fine recruit.

    destin dawg

    July 27th, 2010
    6:35 am

    Great for the new Junkyard Dawgs defense !! under Garntham, Belin and Lakatos… attacking DDEEEE !!! It’ll be nice to win turnover stats for a change… field position… will help offense !! Go Sterling !! Go dawgs !!


    July 27th, 2010
    9:02 am

    Sterling is going to the perfect defense to develop his skills. He will be part of something special. I feel a big NFL payday coming in 4 years. Great decision Mr. Bailey !!

    The Most Interesting Man Alive!

    July 27th, 2010
    9:22 am

    Destin, you crack me up daily with your superfragilistic optimistic dawg dreamin comments.


    July 27th, 2010
    10:33 am

    destin dawg, I love your enthusiasm. And FBR, we don’t care about the NFL and big paydays, we like the Dawgs and college football. The Falcon blog is a great place to talk about pro football.

    Old Viking

    July 27th, 2010
    11:41 am

    Sterling, Great to have you as a Georgia Bulldog and look forward to seeing you perform between the hedges. Good luck to you and the EH Vikings this year.

    destin dawg

    July 27th, 2010
    11:43 am

    Paddy… we’ve had the players.. we’re a year late on defensive coaching changes I know but.. Hey.. we beat Texas A&M 44- 20 without any defensive coaches.. grad students only !! now we’ve got Grantham from Cowboys, Belin from Vandy ( great LB’s and special teams) and Lakatos (super D Backs).. You’ll hate to play us !!!


    July 27th, 2010
    11:51 am

    Have fun Bailey playing for an unexperienced 1st year DC who uses gimmicks such as “dream team” to hang his hat one because he’s got no real football experience to laud you with.

    I imagine your talent will be underutilized, a DC change in 2 years, and your NFL career in the balance.

    Should have come to GT where we put DE’s in the first round. Oh yeah, and our DC has put several great defensive players in the first round. Bad choice young man, bad choice.

    Finishing hind tit to UF every year, going to crap bowls, playing for a no name 1st year DC, having the players around getting arrested.

    Good luck….your gonna need it.


    July 27th, 2010
    12:08 pm

    GTax, how does someone like you get on here…Putting this young man down because of a decision he made just shows how little class you have…I wonder if any GT fans that do have class can call you out on this…You are a piece of work…


    July 27th, 2010
    12:12 pm

    Really GTax? He was the DC of the Dallas Cowboys and you consider that no name? Hahahaha you techsters are funny. Go ahead and laugh while you can because whenever karma comes around and bites you and downs your 90 somethin year old DC with a heatstroke in training camp, its not gonna be too funny of a thing. For you that is hahahah

    Mr CVS Jr

    July 27th, 2010
    12:12 pm

    GTaxm with all of that being said, UGA still beat you all last year. I guess we forget the most recent history of GT playing in Boise and S.F. for bowl games. Wow what great bowl games!!!!!!


    July 27th, 2010
    12:19 pm



    I had no idea he was the DC for the Cowboys?! I somehow thought Wade Phillips was the DC for the Cowboys! How did you and nobody else on this planet know this?

    You sir, are a moron. Todd Grantham was nothing more than the defensive line coach for the Dallas Cowboys. Wade Phillips is the DC over there. AKA, Wade Phillips was Todd Granthams daddy on defense.

    This is too good! Todd Grantham is so unknown his fellow fans don’t even know his history! Too good!


    July 27th, 2010
    12:23 pm

    Also Eh,

    Wishing for someone’s death is far beyond classless and I would recommend that Michael Carvell remove that comment.

    I used my post to poke fun at Grantham and stir the pot, but I did not wish for someone’s death and associate it with karma.

    You sir should have your IP banned from this blog.

    Why don’t you show some class like the rest of respectable dawg nation and stop proving yourself to be a sidewalk fan who never graduated the 7th grade. I guess I should keep it in perspective though, you didn’t even know Todd Grantham wasn’t the DC and he was only a DLine coach.

    j dawg

    July 27th, 2010
    12:42 pm

    gtax “you should have your ip banned from this blog” what a nerd

    Dawgs Rule, Jackettes Drull

    July 27th, 2010
    12:54 pm

    Gtax, you are an idiot. UGA has put no less than 12 DL’s into the NFL the last 5 years alone!!!! Do some research yourself before spouting off. BTW, great choice Bailey.


    July 27th, 2010
    1:07 pm

    The most amazing thing about Bailey is that he will apparently finish his high school career at E’Hall. Hard to believe he hasn’t been recruited by the likes of Gainesville and North Hall.


    15 wins in 50 years

    July 27th, 2010
    1:26 pm

    LOL at GTax , a tech fan who wants to talk smack about the UGA – tek series, its generations of domination, tech 15 wins since 1960! Go find a Duke or Wake forest board to post on, at least there your comments would have some relevance. Back to Boise and another ass whipping from Fresno State for the little bees this year.


    July 27th, 2010
    1:30 pm

    a perfect fit for our new d GO DAWGS

    15 wins in 50 years

    July 27th, 2010
    1:38 pm

    By the way , you should probably look up and name the several great players Groh put in the NFL,
    Groh’s arrival at Virginia, 13 Cavaliers have been selected in the NFL Draft, while 19 others have signed pro contracts as free agents. LOL


    July 27th, 2010
    1:55 pm

    SATCHELBUZZ, or recruited by Buford. Too bad UGA couldn’t get Tuitt from Monroe to commit, that would be one heck of a bookend tandem, both with size,strength,and can run.Last year in one game Tuitt tackled the opposing QB, and he busted his facemask. The QB came up bleeding from the bridge of his nose, the lip, and his chin.

    destin dawg

    July 27th, 2010
    2:09 pm

    No need to respond to the Techies like GTAX.. except to say we had a terrible season… still beat TECH and won OUR Bowl game…


    July 27th, 2010
    2:42 pm

    Destin Dawg,

    I had no idea the weed whacker bowl was anything worth touting.

    …don’t forget UGA was also unranked while GT was top 15 at the end of the year.


    July 27th, 2010
    3:12 pm

    SatchelBuzz, I’m sure he was recruited by Gainesville. North Hall doesn’t recruit.

    destin dawg

    July 27th, 2010
    3:12 pm

    it drives these techies nerds Nuts…. living in downtown Hotlanta… crime.. muggers…drugs… no women… ESCAPE to Athens… best college town !!!!


    July 27th, 2010
    3:28 pm

    LakeDawg… North Hall dosen’t recruit huh, well how did the Cross kid get to North Hall from Flowery Branch? I know the whole story because I was very close to that whole deal. Sorry dude but North Hall recruited and stole the kid, he lives in a house with another kid that should not be going to school there either. Funny how Karma works, the Cross kid ruptured his achilles tendon and might not play at all his junior year.


    July 27th, 2010
    4:02 pm

    Gtax, forget the stats, forget the recruiting, forget who’s in the NFL. Bottom line my friend is this…….. you ready ? WE BEAT YOU!!!!!!! enough said right?


    July 27th, 2010
    6:23 pm

    8 of last 9 years! Sterling..welcome to the BullDawg nation.
    Where we beat Tech 8 out of 9 years. Yes that is right 8 out of the last 9 years. UGA against Tech is more predictable than the stock market. More predictable than a bet in vegas on any team. Just a predicatable outcome. Winning against Tech in football, a UGA tradition
    having you will add to the winning streak. and the tradition.

    Its great to be a BullDawg……THWGT!


    July 27th, 2010
    11:15 pm

    Yeah, Grantham has such a poor resume that Nick Saban had sought to hire him as his DC. Grantham’s resume is very good, with experience as an NFL DC, assistant stops at good defensive teams and a boatload of endorsements from folks he’s worked for like Frank Beamer and Wade Wilson. Good grief, Tech hasn’t had a good DC since Randy Edsall. A good DC could bite you in the ass and you wouldn’t know it.

    The Truth

    July 28th, 2010
    3:08 pm

    Jimmy in Gainesville…I just figured it out. You are the person doing radio spots about how chrystal meth has ruined your life. Obviously you haven’t kicked the habit. Mark it down…you are an imbecile (idiot).