Some recruits shy away from Georgia Tech because they’re intimidated by the school’s rigorous math and science curriculum. And those that do decide to become Yellow Jackets often do so under the pretense of tip-toeing around and side-stepping every class they can that has “engineering” or “calculus” in the name.
Not Morgan Bailey.
I visited with Bailey, a Georgia Tech commitment since June, over at Loganville High School recently and I asked him what his academic plans were for The Institute.
“I’m going to major in physics,” he stated flatly. “I want to be a rocket scientist.”
Nope, there’s not a lot of tiptoe in this 6-foot-5, 285-pound senior offensive tackle. But there’s clearly a whole lot of aptitude. Bailey has a 3.8 grade-point average as an honors student at Loganville.
Coach Eric Godfree laughed out loud at the news of Bailey’s choice of career path. He didn’t know about Bailey’s plans to become a rocket scientist.
“He’s smarter than me, I can tell you that,” Godfree said.
But that’s not why the Yellow Jackets are signing him. Bailey plays left tackle for the Red Devils and there have been numerous accounts of him locking up with a defender and driving him all the way down or across the field, 10, 15 yards, then ending up on top of his man, facemask to facemask, hands still engaged, legs still driving, until the whistle blows or a teammate pulls him off or Storm Johnson scored another touchdown.
Coaches like to call it nasty streak. Bailey just says he’s playing hard.
“In my opinion Morgan is one of the top linemen in the nation,” Godfree said. “I’ve coached a lot of good ones and he’s outstanding. He brings so much to the table. I believe he’s underrated as far as where everybody else has him. Georgia Tech is smart. They understand. They know what they want and they wanted him really badly. They get the big picture.”
Likewise, Bailey’s recruiting story is pretty much a straight-foward, head-on affair. Living exactly 35 miles from Sanford Stadium, Bailey said he grew up a Georgia Bulldogs’ fan. But he didn’t dillydally when his dream team didn’t come forth quickly with a scholarship offer. He also considered Florida State and Clemson, but when Georgia Tech offered, Bailey pounced on it. And he hasn’t looked back since.
“It’s been awesome,” he said of life since making that decision. “Tech has been nothing but supportive. They’re keeping me updated with everything that’s going on with the team and everything in school and telling me how everything’s going. They’ve been letting me go to games and practices and talk to the coaches and hang out with the players after game and after practice. I feel like part of the team.”
Bailey said he has been to every Tech home game except for Clemson. He has become good friends with fellow commitments Charles Perkins of Collins Hill, Denzel McCoy of Northview and Shawn Green of Grayson, all of whom play at schools nearby. And he’s really excited about becoming a part of coach Paul Johnson’s spread-option offensive attack, which has been steamrolling opponents the first half of this season.
“I don’t think I have to prepare differently because we run the ball so much here,” Bailey said. “I know it’s going to be hard learning that offense; I’m going to have to prepare for that. They do a lot of chop blocking. We’re not allowed to do that in high school so that’s something I’m going to have to get better at.”
Other teams haven’t given up on getting Bailey entirely. He said he still receives a lot of letters and corresponces, especially from Ole Miss. They’re wasting their time, he said.
Georgia Tech is most definitely in Bailey’s heart. And in his mind.