East Hall’s Sterling Bailey sets date to reveal choice

Say this for Sterling Bailey: The young man can keep a secret.

The East Hall football star already knows to which school he plans to commit — has known for a while actually — but he still does not intend to make it public until May 14. That’s the day he has selected to reveal the lucky winner from among the 23 teams that have offered him a scholarship.

You can try, but you’re not going to get anything out of him until then.

“It’s not that hard to keep it [a secret] since I’ve been keeping it this long,” said Bailey, declining to say exactly how long he has had his mind made up. “I’m starting to hear from a lot of people. Everybody wants to know. But I just tell them to ‘tune in May 14th and you’ll find out.’”

Bailey’s announcement is tentatively planned for 6:30 p.m. at the high school.

Bailey, a 6-foot-5, 250-pound defensive end, has fielded offers from pretty much every major program in the South and some as far away as California and Notre Dame. But in recent weeks he has narrowed it down to a more manageable final seven. His choice will come from among Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Notre Dame, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Getting down to that number was a deliberate and methodical process for Bailey and his family.

“I had picked some categories on what would make we want to go to a school,” Bailey explained. “Then I looked up some background on each one and placed them into the categories. The schools that stood out the most, I called them and talked to the coach and just tried to see what kind of connection I had with them.”

Once he decided on finalists, Bailey said he leaned hard on God, his father Kevin and the pastors of their church in Lula.

“He prayed about it and had our pastors pray about it and God led him to a decision,” Kevin Bailey said.

If that sounds similar to the scenario that just played out with Christian LeMay up in North Carolina, that’s because it is. LeMay, a quarterback who committed to Georgia this past Friday, and Bailey have become friends during the recruiting process.

“Him and Sterling are real good friends,” Kevin Bailey said. “It seems like every time we’d go on a trip to one of these schools we’d see him. Sterling called [last week] and talked to him the day before [his announcement] and he told Sterling, just wait and see where I’m going.”

That’s as close as you’ll get to a hint you’ll get out of the Baileys. Even the college coaches still in the running have been left to wonder.

“Right now all my calls are being fielded on my dad’s phone,” Bailey said. “But I’ve been getting messages on my phone and on Facebook [from coaches] asking me, ‘am I in the top, am I in the running?’ and all this. I just tell them all it’s an open race right now.”

At least until the 14th of May.

185 comments Add your comment

Bobby Petrino's Auntie

May 3rd, 2010
9:54 am

first. he’s a dawg!

Worm

May 3rd, 2010
9:56 am

Good luck dawgs..Sounds like another fine young man!

Bobby Petrino's Auntie

May 3rd, 2010
9:58 am

Domino effect taking place.

Goldtimer

May 3rd, 2010
10:05 am

Will be great to see him in Old Gold on the Flats. Let me be the first to welcome you as a Yellow Jacket.

ugakev

May 3rd, 2010
10:05 am

YESSS! One more for the good guys! Go dawgs! Good things come to those that wait and it looks like good things are finally coming to athens. . . This next recruiting class will more then make up for the last. Looking like it could possibly be a top two or three class this year if not number one.

70 Dawg

May 3rd, 2010
10:07 am

Sterling, As a former EH Viking I would like to say how proud I am of the way you went about this decision and the maturity you are showing. I would love to have you be a Bulldog but if you’re lead to another school, I wish you the best in football and in life. Keep the Faith.

Moops

May 3rd, 2010
10:12 am

Sorry Goldtimer, but he’s all Dawg…

BigTimeTECHFan

May 3rd, 2010
10:18 am

Good luck – Hope it’s Tech

Toph

May 3rd, 2010
10:27 am

You gotta love the faith of these young men and putting this decision before the Lord.

GATOR CHOMP

May 3rd, 2010
10:29 am

Stop dreaming mutts this kid will be a Gator ‘BOOK IT’ GATORS or DIE!!!!!!!!

Cleveland, OH Jacket

May 3rd, 2010
10:30 am

Here’s hoping he’s a Jacket! Wherever you go, good luck to you!

Toph

May 3rd, 2010
10:30 am

Also saw where Justin Scott is going to announce his decision soon as well. Hope these guys pick the Dawgs!

Matthews Dawg

May 3rd, 2010
10:31 am

BigDawg….what kind of comment is that? How do you know if he will start or not!! You are making stupid comments that help no one! I wonder if you really are a Dawg fan? Also, if you know so much about recruiting and how to judge talent, go put in your resume’. Also, your comments contradict each other. “Doubt he’ll really be much of a starter for us since he plays for a team that plays little tough competition”, then…”Bout time Richt got someone out of Hall County, he seemed awfully content to recruit Florida kids 600 miles away rather than recruit the talent just 30 miles away.” If the kids in Hall County are not that good (per you) then why not recruit the kids 600 miles away? You don’t have a clue! I’ll take CMR over any other coach in college football.

ATL XMAN

May 3rd, 2010
10:38 am

i think bigdawg is a closet tech fan just waiting to come out when the beat UGA…

ATL XMAN

May 3rd, 2010
10:39 am

no true bulldog fan would question if coach richt is smart enough to be head football coach at UGA

jacketfans

May 3rd, 2010
10:39 am

I love how the dawg fans think they are the “good guys” when their athletes have more arrests, their sports programs have more probations and their fans hurl more insults. I am not sure how getting into trouble with law, breaking NCAA rules, and calling Tech fans nerds (and much worse) makes you better than any one else.

ATL XMAN

May 3rd, 2010
10:46 am

most tech fans are nerds..did you see the espn game this past year when they played va tech? that crowd was pretty nerdy looking. its better than being called dorks though. tech players like most college kids get in trouble aswell just not made public because noone really cares i guess like they do when UGA players get in trouble for driving without id

Matthews Dawg

May 3rd, 2010
10:47 am

jacketfans….no one on this blog has made such comments! Has it happened before…yes! Has it happened on a GT site….yes. Both are to blame, it’s not one-sided

ATL XMAN

May 3rd, 2010
10:47 am

also..try and talk football with those nerdy guys at tech..they have no clue what they are talking about much less know how to throw a football.

James T. Kirk

May 3rd, 2010
10:47 am

Bailey will be a Jacket just like LeMay. LeMay is playing games with the puppy nation and plans on breaking their hearts on signing day. This from a very reliable source.

Typical Dawg Speak

May 3rd, 2010
10:49 am

Uh oh, I hear his Preacher is a Fighting Irish fan.

ATL XMAN

May 3rd, 2010
10:49 am

sorry matthew i guess i did but i did so in a nice way. im not saying all jacket fans are nerds or even this jacketfan..just saying that most that i have come across seem nerdy…

ATL XMAN

May 3rd, 2010
10:50 am

james t kirk..lemay wants to go pro as a qb so tech is out already

Dap

May 3rd, 2010
10:51 am

He sounds like a fine young man. I hope he is a Dawg, because he and Christian could be the start of something special but he will do well where ever he goes.

eastside

May 3rd, 2010
10:52 am

jacketfan, stop being a pansy

Dixie Clear

May 3rd, 2010
10:57 am

more bible thumpin’ and jail visits!

Matthews Dawg

May 3rd, 2010
11:02 am

Atl XMan… NEVER apologize about a comment about a Tech fan! Most are nerdy. One of my very good friends in NC is a Tech grad, he admits it all the time that a lot, not all, Techie’s are nerds! Truth hurts! James T Kirk….nice try!

Golden Bear

May 3rd, 2010
11:03 am

Lets hope his teammate Chaz Cheeks can get him to join him in the Flats.

eastside

May 3rd, 2010
11:04 am

more and more players will be falling in line since Lemay made his announcement. this is one of the first

suwaneedawg

May 3rd, 2010
11:05 am

James T. Kirk strikes again with jealousy and ignorance. Tell us Kirk, are your reliable sources your pals in your Star Trek Club? Dude, have a cup of reality this morning.

weatherdawg

May 3rd, 2010
11:05 am

Hey James T. Kirk—somebody really needs to beam you up, because you are definitely lost in space. Surely you are not that dumb??

James T. Kirk

May 3rd, 2010
11:14 am

My source is deep within the Lemay camp. They are very reliable. All you mutts are Star Wars geeks probably. Makes sense, since the Trek Nation is too complicated and sophisticated for you all to wrap your little pea brains around.

suwaneedawg

May 3rd, 2010
11:22 am

Kirk, you are certainly to deep for us UGA fans. Now why don’t you go back to your Tech geek fans on a different blog. You know nothing about college football and that is obvious.

James T. Kirk

May 3rd, 2010
11:26 am

I know more about everything than you could ever possibly imagine. I know that Tech will begin their reign of dominance this year with another National Championship trophy.

GT4Life

May 3rd, 2010
11:28 am

James T. Kirk,

I love your devotion and enthusiasm for the best program in the nation, but in all honesty, you’re shooting us in the foot, bro. Please change your name at least. You are a living stereotype most of us try very hard to beat down.

Matthews Dawg

May 3rd, 2010
11:30 am

James T. Kirk…..do you know where Butler HS is located? Do you know where is father’s church is located? Do you know where Butler HS football team has their pre-game meals? NO YOU DON’T and you don’t know a person in his camp! The great thing is “I do”! He goes to high school in my school zone and I have a kid in high school. Again, NICE TRY! You are making a fool of yourself. You are getting the attention you so need though. I guess you never got any while in HS or at Tech, because of your nerdiness.

rduck

May 3rd, 2010
11:33 am

I live next door to some of Sterling’s reletives and talked to them about a month or two back. Sterling was really impressed with GT and ALA at that time. They said he had a great love for coach Johnson and the campus. This was a while back but I was led to believe that they were the fontrunners at the time. Many things could have changed since then. As a Tech fan, I hope he comes to the flats but I wish him the best wherever he lands. As for the comments about his family and faith.. He is a great kid and comes from a great family. They are always at the church which is next door to my house. They are always seen working at the church and devoting their time there. Solid kid with solid parents whom I have known a good part of my life.. Good luck to you Sterling…

boots

May 3rd, 2010
11:33 am

I hope the good Lord knows how to put together a good football team, because He seems to be our chief recruiter these days.

GT12

May 3rd, 2010
11:34 am

I’ve never really felt the sting of ‘nerd’ all that much. I’ll be the first to admit I’m a ‘nerd.’ I’m pretty good at computers, I get good grades, and I’ve got an AWESOME job lined up as soon as I graduate. Doesn’t make me any less of a college football fanatic. I’m ending up a lot better than the children that deigned call me a nerd back in high school.

BadBrad

May 3rd, 2010
11:36 am

ummmm hello- James T. Kirk

Bailey will be a Jacket just like LeMay. LeMay is playing games with the puppy nation and plans on breaking their hearts on signing day. This from a very reliable source.”

Is that why LeMay made his announcement in a House of God? And talked about how Richt being a man of faith highly influenced his decision??? Sounds like you are full of $#!+!

GT12

May 3rd, 2010
11:36 am

Kirk’s a dog. Can you all not understand satire and hyperbole?

Lax

May 3rd, 2010
11:39 am

GT12,

Captain Kirk has been around for awhile and he is a very adamant and defensive Yecher fan. I think you are stuck claiming him as your own.

Bulldog59

May 3rd, 2010
11:39 am

Kirk, I have THE source, and I’m being told……put this one in the books, Bailey is set to commit on 5/14, and Scott will commit on 5/15.

Lax

May 3rd, 2010
11:40 am

LOL!!!! boots, you are absolutely correct!!! Amen, brotha!!!

xcers

May 3rd, 2010
11:42 am

GT12 –

are you at least graduating with a degree in Engineering unlike 85% of the posers that finish from Tech?

JacketFans

May 3rd, 2010
11:45 am

The dawg fans calling Tech fans nerds is actually quite funny. Maybe a ten year old kid might be hurt by someone calling them a nerd, but an “adult” calling a Tech fan a nerd is downright silly. They are basicly admitting that they are dumber than Tech fans. “You are dumb, ignorant redneck that likes to have sex with their sister and rape farm animals.” “Oh yeah, well you are nerd!” “Well, you certainly got me.”

GT12

May 3rd, 2010
11:47 am

Yup. Chemical engineering. I wouldn’t call 85% of the people who graduate from tech posers. I think something like 60-70% of people who graduate are engineers. A good amount of people start as engineers do end up changing to management (three of my fraternity brothers off the top of my head), but it’s not as high as some would have you believe. Engineering is tough, but our management program isn’t a piece of cake either.

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater

May 3rd, 2010
11:52 am

As long as Lemay is helping out UGA recruiting, we will be looking good for 2011.

FRED

May 3rd, 2010
11:54 am

JUST HEARD FROM A VERY CLOSE SOURCE THAT THE KID IS GOING WITH LEMAY. BOTH FATHERS LIKE RIECH

GT man

May 3rd, 2010
11:55 am

If Wofford , Elon or ECU was after him, then GT would probably get him. Still waiting to see someone choose Tech over Alabama, Notre Dame and Florida.