Loganville’s Bailey hopes to blast off at Georgia Tech

Loganville's Morgan Bailey grew up a Georgia Bulldogs fan but hasn't looked back since committing to the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in late June. (Photo by Chip Towers)

Loganville's Morgan Bailey grew up a Georgia Bulldogs fan but hasn't looked back since committing to the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in late June. (Photo by Chip Towers)

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.

30 comments Add your comment

RAMBLE ON!!!

October 14th, 2009
6:33 pm

1st!!!

You da man Morgan Bailey!!!

AlabamaRamblinwreck

October 14th, 2009
6:41 pm

Morgan: It is wonderful to have you attend my alma mater, GT. I hope your academic and athletic dreams become reality.

Go Jackets!!

GT MAN

October 14th, 2009
6:42 pm

Morgan, A degree from Ga. Tech speaks for itself, good choice, and welcome to GT

Metal Jacket

October 14th, 2009
6:53 pm

He wasn’t gangsta enough for Jawja. Congrats!!!!!

StraightJacket

October 14th, 2009
6:58 pm

Great article, and welcome Morgan!

Just so you know, you can’t chop block in college either! However, you’ll learn a lot about how to execute precise cut blocks in the running game.

We look forward to seeing you at Yellow Jacket Alley during the upcoming games!

-SJ

FalconUGAFan

October 14th, 2009
7:15 pm

Couldn’t resist a shot huh, Metalhead? Congrats Morgan. All the best, young man.

BuzzGT

October 14th, 2009
7:22 pm

I can’t wait to see him on the Flats. Our O-Line is definately coming together.

jacketbacker

October 14th, 2009
8:58 pm

As always, its great to be a Yellow Jacket!!……Welcome Morgan. Can’t wait to see you on the Flats!!

ExJacket

October 14th, 2009
9:55 pm

A nasty streak is the most important quality in a o-lineman I love it

Pi$$onaDawg

October 14th, 2009
9:57 pm

Young Man “JUST DO IT”. No matter what you want to get out of life “JUST DO IT”. If Tech gives you that chance then I am happy you are giong to attend TECH. If you didn’t pick GA TECH I still say “JUST DO IT.” Good Blessings and best wishes.

GT GRAD

October 14th, 2009
10:22 pm

Great read!

Congrats on a superb decision young man.

Good luck at GT and enjoy the ride!

Gt4ever

October 14th, 2009
11:08 pm

Physics, you gotta love that! Good luck big guy, we definitely need some big nasty guys up front!

Cuttysark

October 15th, 2009
12:56 am

Smart and nasty, the new era of offensive linemen under Paul Johnson has officially started. Oh wait, didn’t everyone say that would never be able to recruit any good players to play in this “gimmick” offense.

Go check out the recruiting post about Charles Perkins on http://isportsweb.com, as well as other Georgia Tech related articles. The Charles Perkins article is dated August 29, 2009 and titled:How Could This Have Happened.

USA(Univ. of Southern Antiqua)!

October 15th, 2009
4:17 am

Look at this. Comments about a Loganville D-1 prospect and it is filled with nothing but positive comments. Finally. Yes,it is possible. Why no “haters” here? Cause it’s AAALLLLLLL good!. Go Morgan! Awesome! BTW, those aren’t chop blocks, they’re lazy D-linemen falling over because they stood up. Silly huge rabbits, D-line is for men.

AMG

October 15th, 2009
7:12 am

Welcome Morgan . Tech is lucky to have you. Work hard and the rewards will be all yours. Tech seems to like the name Morgan . . .

chatt

October 15th, 2009
8:31 am

Morgan is going to be a beast at GT. He is one of the best O lineman in the state. He will be a three year starter.

columbusjacket

October 15th, 2009
8:50 am

“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” – what the heck does this mean? Couldn’t write a positive article about the student-athlete without taking a cheap shot at Tech? Typical AJC mutt lover…

Coach M

October 15th, 2009
9:03 am

I had the privilege to coach Morgan in both football and basketball at SGAA. By far the best lineman I ever coached and more importantly he is a great young man. I went to UGA and wish we could have gotten him but I will definitely be following his career at Ga Tech. Tech fans you are getting a great one in Morgan. Congrats Bailey!

GoJacketsBeatTheChokies

October 15th, 2009
9:05 am

@ Columbus Jacket: Yeah that’s kind of funny since Survey of Calculus is required for every major…but it’s more or less true…

Keith

October 15th, 2009
11:05 am

CPJ knows how to build that O. From the front. It is great to see him landing these quality in state players. I think with GA in the flux that they are in, he should be able to continue the trend. Congrats Morgan, and GO TECH!!

Veteran Fan

October 15th, 2009
11:07 am

The other day Buck Belue was defending the UGA program on the radio by saying that they had missed out on a lot of offensive lineman in their last 5 “top 5″ recruiting classes. Well lets see now, as illustrated in this story, an offensive lineman that likes to hit people chooses Tech versus other programs where he has to take a beating from defensive ends rushing the passer 40 times a game. It doesn’t take a student wanting to be a rocket scientist to figure this one out! That offense is an offensive lineman’s dream and a defensive lineman’s worst nightmare just ask the Clemson and FSU NFL prospect’s opinion! This will only continue to snowball as more and more linemen make this choice(see newest recruiting classes)! Football coaches used to understand that their lines were the key to victory but now they believe it is the skill positions. Welcome to Football 101 on the Flats and a good team every year. Oh, and by the way, the skill guys are showing up to run behind these lines, catch wide open passes against single coverage, and play defense with a lead against desparate offenses who know that one mistake will allow that relentless offense back on the field!

Burdell

October 15th, 2009
11:11 am

I’m excited to see this big kid on campus! Seems like a great recruit–intelligent with a nasty streak!! Gotta love it!

Morgan, watch out for E-mag…I’ve witnessed that class take down quite a few students!

GO JACKETS!!

78 DAWG-

October 15th, 2009
12:05 pm

More 2 star recruits for the looosers,lol, you’ll never be as good as us lol. Oh how great he’s taking physics, who cares your stadium seats 4 people lol, you idiots dont’ know what is important.

Tech Sux

October 15th, 2009
12:34 pm

If he as good as the article suggest, Yech has a good one. Buck says we missed on OL the last few years is a bit misleading. We landed most of the ones we went after. However, they have underperformed this year. Either that or Knowshown made an average line look much better.

Brilliant Post

October 15th, 2009
12:54 pm

“Loosers”… what’s a looser? Is that like a loser but not as tight? I cant’, wont’, and shouldnt’ be bothered by your comments about stadium seating capacity. I “dont’” get it. And you’re calling Tech fans idiots? Now that’s funnie’.

Pops

October 15th, 2009
2:15 pm

Morgan – Best of luck at Tech. Spent some time watching you and talking with your dad at the one day Clemson lineman camp. We toured the facility together. Reid says hello. Hopefully we will run into you all again somewhere down the road. Great choice, and good luck in the playoffs.

Jeepers

October 15th, 2009
3:42 pm

Great news! Welcome to the family Morgan and best of luck!

Volman

October 16th, 2009
3:17 am

A degree from Tech ALWAYS outweighs anything you could get from UGA.

SWBUZZMAN

October 16th, 2009
1:49 pm

45-42, thats whats important 78. So how are all those 4 and 5 star recruits working out for ya?

Mark Richt

October 16th, 2009
2:45 pm

78 DAWG

I make the Dawg nation look bad enough. Your stupid posts are not needed.