Greetings and happy Friday afternoon. I’m about to hop into that wonderful Atlanta pre-weekend traffic and head over to Gainesville for the announcement of East Hall High football star Sterling Bailey. So if you see a blue Ford F150 pickup truck creeping up fast in your rear-view mirror, be kind and move over a lane. I promise not to flash my headlights.
Bailey, a 6-foot-5, 235-pound defensive end, is set to make public his choice from an impressive college football scholarship offer list of more than 20 schools. His finalists are Georgia, Georgia Tech, Alabama, Florida, Notre Dame, South Carolina and Tennessee.
His announcement is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. I plan to be in attendance and will pass on the news just as soon as humanly possibly. Please return to this very blog at or around that time if you want to find out.
Bailey is the first of two announcements this weekend from major in-state prospects. Justin Scott-Wesley, an athlete from Mitchell County High down in Camilla, will be revealing his choice after the 200-meter dash final at the state track meet up in Jefferson late Saturday afternoon. Scott-Wesley, the defending Class AA 200-meter state champion, is considered the fastest football player in the state. He was ranked No. 1 in Class AA in the 100- and 200 heading into Saturday’s finals.
Was Georgia coach Mark Richt could offering up a hint on both these elite athletes with his remarks at a Bulldog Club outing in Macon on Wednesday?
“I think we have a tremendous amount of interest from the best players in this state and a lot of great players around this country, mostly Southeast but a few guys a little bit further away,” Richt said. “And there are a lot of guys that I think are close to pulling the trigger for Georgia. So the recruiting front looks outstanding.”
We’ll find out over the weekend. Check back here around 6:30 this evening.