Georgia signee Sterling Bailey out 4 to 5 months following shoulder surgery

Another one of Georgia’s 2011 signees is going to be sidelined a while after undergoing surgery.

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Sterling Bailey, a 6-foot-5, 265-pound defensive end from East Hall High School, underwent shoulder surgery on March 8 and will out of action for four to five months, his father confirmed. Bailey suffered a torn labrum in his right shoulder in the third game of the football season last fall but played through the injury in both football and basketball.

“He’ll go to Georgia as planned in June and he should be able to run drills by July,” Kevin Bailey said. “He’ll probably be in a green [non-contact] jersey when they start practice in August.”

So why wait until now to go under the knife?

“We were actually planning on doing it in January after the Army All-American Game, but Sterling wanted to play basketball,” Mr. Bailey said. “He had already played in several [basketball] games by then and didn’t want to quit on his teammates. We got with Coach [Mark] Richt and Coach [Todd] Grantham about it and they were very understanding. They said ‘no problem.’ So he played basketball until they got knocked out in the Elite Eight and he had surgery the next Tuesday.”

Of course, missing out on some summer workouts and contact during the preseason will likely put Bailey on a path toward a redshirt season.

“It all depends on how quick it heals and how he adapts to it,” Kevin Bailey said. “But it will be three or four games down the road before that’s decided. If he gets redshirted, that’ll be OK. The important thing is he gets well so he can play football like he knows he can play.”

Bailey became the eighth prospect to commit to the Bulldogs when he pledged the class last May. He was rated a four-star prospect by Rivals.com and a three-star prospect by Scout.com and chose UGA over Alabama, Florida, Notre Dame, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Bailey is the second member of the 2011 recruiting class to undergo major surgery. Offensive tackle Xzavier Ward of Colquitt County had knee surgery to repair a torn ACL in February and is already resigned to a redshirt year.

NOTE: Just returning to work this morning after a short spring vacation. So the Ten@10 will resume tomorrow and I’m planning to resurrect the AJC Recruiting Mailbag for this Friday. I need your help to get The Mailbag started off right. So please email me questions to AJCrecruiting@yahoo.com.

126 comments Add your comment

IndianaDawg

March 16th, 2011
10:53 am

Welcome back Chip!

renegade#1

March 16th, 2011
10:54 am

first and if you dont like it bite it

Go dawgs!!!

March 16th, 2011
10:58 am

Go dawgs!!!

March 16th, 2011
10:58 am

missed again…. :(

renegade#1

March 16th, 2011
10:58 am

dang second ; well anyway hurry up and get on the field Sterling. You’re not gettig better sitting on your tookiss

tony

March 16th, 2011
10:59 am

I was looking forward to watching this young man play this season. Get well soon Bailey.

Spike

March 16th, 2011
11:04 am

Welcome back, Chip!! Get well soon Sterling so you can GATA!!

GT92

March 16th, 2011
11:05 am

It looks like you got yourselves a team player UGA. I wish Sterling a speedy recovery and wish him luck with his football career (except for the game after each Thanksgiving).

wdm

March 16th, 2011
11:05 am

It isn’t that I don’t like the AJC, it’s just they do some stupid stuff to the people of the state they are suppose to be supporting. Please tell me if anyone else noted that last week when the 4 Auburn players were arrested and kicked off the team, AJC didn’t allow any comments on that post. And the story disappeared from their website within 2 days. Now if this same scenario had played out with UGA’s team, they would have plastered it on the headline for weeks and let every Tom, Dick, and Harry comment til the computer died from overload. AJC you guys are freaking douchebags for this exact reason. Beat up on the home team and show respect for the out of towners.

The Dawg

March 16th, 2011
11:10 am

Chip-Do you think the reason Xavier Ward ended up with UGA is because his preferred school pulled his scholarship because they knew he was going to have ACL surgery and didn’t want a player coming in with an injury?

Joey

March 16th, 2011
11:13 am

I like football players who are athletic enough to play basketball, or other sports. Good luck with the shoulder Sterling.

rduck

March 16th, 2011
11:20 am

Best of luck to this fine young man in his recovery. Hopefully all goes well. Keep your faith and he will provide. Solid kid from a very solid family that I know very well. UGA landed a great character kid with Sterling. Take care of your boy Laura…

Patrick

March 16th, 2011
11:23 am

baloney… it’s pretty obvious you’re clueless.

RxDawg

March 16th, 2011
11:25 am

He looks like Omar Epps…who also looks like Mike Tomlin.

Newnan Dawg Fan

March 16th, 2011
11:26 am

These guys wouldn’t have helped this year anyway.

RxDawg

March 16th, 2011
11:28 am

And, it’s good to have ya back Chip

Chip Towers

March 16th, 2011
11:28 am

IndianaDawg: Thanks, and kudos, as Bradley would say, on being first. . . .

renegade#1: A close second. . . . No biting allowed!

Chip Towers

March 16th, 2011
11:31 am

The Dawg: No, any offers Xzavier Ward lost toward the end were because he waited too long to commit. Any school that would pull an offer from a kid because of an injury would not be able to recruit long.

Chip Towers

March 16th, 2011
11:34 am

wdm: The simple explanation is Auburn is located in Alabama; UGA and Georgia Tech are located in Georgia. But just to placate you, here it is again — 4 Auburn players arrested for robbery, dismissed from team. Feel better?

GT is a 4th rate high school team

March 16th, 2011
11:52 am

I think that by not exposing the problem of Alabama and Auburn long enough in the AJC covered region is just helping these two schools recruit better in GA. Too much negative news and blogs on GA schools from AJC just feeds to the Alabama schools looking better than the GA schools

SOUTHGADAWG88

March 16th, 2011
11:54 am

Chip any word on Brandon Burrows and Benedict?Will those two be ready to go for spring?

NWGA Dawg

March 16th, 2011
11:55 am

haha…good one Chip. I too thought that was the obvious reason. Besides, MOST reading this are UGA & GT fans anyway.

how2fish

March 16th, 2011
11:55 am

Best of luck rehabbing Sterling ! Chip your 11:34 post made me LOL! Good stuff!

Randall "Pink" Floyd

March 16th, 2011
11:59 am

Thanks for the well-wishes GT92, but, as you know, the outcome of that game after Thanksgiving is already a foregone conclusion.

Birds Nest

March 16th, 2011
12:01 pm

A Redshirt was probably coming his way anyway. I love the fact he is on the 5 year plan. Good luck Sterling! Anyone know what # he will be wearing?

JC

March 16th, 2011
12:04 pm

There was no way he was going to see the field as a true freshman anyway. I saw him play a few times this year and he seemed very soft and a non-factor in games. You would think a kid like that would dominate at the AA level, especially the region East Hall played in.

Birds Nest

March 16th, 2011
12:12 pm

JC

I am sure your boss thinks you are a non-factor at your job right now. Give the KID a break.

Tide Roll

March 16th, 2011
12:22 pm

Chip, Georgia loses Sturdivant, Glenn, Jones and Anderson from their offensive line this year. Last year they lost Boling, Chris Davis, Josh Davis,and Tanner Strickland, and their 2011 offensive line group was ranked 9th in the SEC by Rivals. With Xzavier Ward slated to help in 2012, any thoughts of moving Chris Mayes to Offensive Tackle? He certainly has the size and brings a much needed defensive mentality to the position. Also, any Juco prospects out there? I know Bama and S. Carolina have benefitted greatly from Georgia natives, James Carpenter and Rokevious Watkins, and Arkansas is excited about the potential of Milledgeville’s Jason Peacock at left tackle.Through graduation losses, and possibly some talent evaluation errors (rivals obviuosly thinks so), Richt may be headed for trouble as it concerns the OL. Certainly not a lot of quality depth after this year.

Colonial Dawg

March 16th, 2011
12:27 pm

” chose UGA over Alabama, Florida, Notre Dame, South Carolina and Tennessee”

JC, I’m sure he was soft. That’s why he had those offers.

Jim Tressel

March 16th, 2011
12:29 pm

Although I completely understand the AJC’s focus on our Ga teams, I think Dawg and Tech fans are frustrated over articles that make such a big to do about trivial stuff when other teams are commiting very serious violations. When the blog reads:” Is Georgia on a slippery slope?”, and this is over secondary stuff that every school out there commits, it gives the impression that the school, or coach may be in trouble, when we all know that isn’t, nor should it be, the case. To the average fan, this is like a member of our family being persecuted for a traffic offense while we see others having felony charges dismissed.

dawgster

March 16th, 2011
12:32 pm

JC…don’t know what games you saw or not, but I’m from this area and have seen him many times, and he is an extremely good player that unfortunately played on some very bad teams during his time at E. Hall(exlcluding Basketball of course)…Many times he was doubled up on as the Vikings didn’t have alot of others that could relieve some doubleteaming in many situations. I can promise you many teams saw the same things the dawgs did in him or they wouldn’t have pursued him….go dawgs

GTBob

March 16th, 2011
12:32 pm

I think that by not exposing the problem of Alabama and Auburn long enough in the AJC covered region is just helping these two schools recruit better in GA. Too much negative news and blogs on GA schools from AJC just feeds to the Alabama schools looking better than the GA schools

So basically you want the AJC to harp on and on about a team thats not even in Georgia so that it will help UGA’s recruiting? They do have to maintain some integrity.

how2fish

March 16th, 2011
12:35 pm

Look Tide Roll is here again……yawn.

dawgster

March 16th, 2011
12:37 pm

Tide Roll…I’m sure if we would move Mayes to OT, you would find some way to bash the dawgs coaches when it comes to O-Line coaching. Your track record speaks for itself, however I will give you credit for actually making some decent comments for a change althought you did manage to get in your digs. Still wonder why you seem so fascinated with our O-line players as you supposedly are a Bama guy…Kind of makes us all wonder why a Bama guy is so interested in what the dawgs O-line make-up is….go dawgs

RRTDawgs

March 16th, 2011
12:43 pm

UGA has offered a 2012 RB from Alabama Beniquez Brown so that is 2 RBs from that state we have offered along with TJ Yelldon it is good hear big Bean Anderson is ready to go hope Baily gets better as for Tide Roll i would not even bother .

Old Dawg

March 16th, 2011
12:43 pm

If folks think posts on the AJC really impact a guy’s decision process, you might reconsider your own decision process. By now, everyone knows that blogs and newspaper posts have moles who purposely post negative comments for their own purposes rather than objectivity. Plus, the percentage of folks posting compared with the remainder of the known universe is small.

Granted, newspapers in the South have a higher number of folks posting than in other part of the country but it’s still small in comparison with the overall population. But in most instances folks want to post about other school’s problems just to get some self-satisfaction that so-and-so has a problem and they can feel good about their own school.

Like I’ve written countless times, these incidents can happen at any school, at any time and and with any player, regardless of their status as a starter etc.

In other words, time to get a life.

Chip Towers

March 16th, 2011
12:49 pm

Tide Roll: I don’t know, you’re the one who is obsessed with Georgia’s O-line. But here are the facts: The Dogs will lose the four linemen you mentioned after this season but will return 11 offensive linemen (8 on scholarship), including two-year starter Kenarious Gates and former five-star prospects Brent Benedict and Austin Long. They will also return the six OL they signed in the 2011 class, including Xzaver Ward, whom you referenced. Then there’s the ones they’ll sign in 2012. The Bulldogs lead for 5-star tackle John Theus of Jacksonville, whose brother Nathan Theus signed with them this year. So if you go by just that sampling there, that’s 15 scholarship offensive linemen for 2012 season (minus additional signees), three of whom had five-star ratings as prospect. You’d think a former Alabama player and coach such as new O-line coach Will Friend would be able to find five serviceable starters out of that group. But who knows, right? I mean, it’s not Bama.

Asleep at the wheel

March 16th, 2011
12:52 pm

Mark Richt looks to have recruited another possible bust. Time to recruit some healthy strapping corn fed boys for this team.

Jim Tressel

March 16th, 2011
12:53 pm

Old Dawg, I have no argument with you, but do you feel it’s OK for the blog headlines to make the news seem bigger than they really are? I know that they are trying to attract a feeding frenzy, but at what point is it OK to actually distort reality in order to get as much response as possible?

Chip Towers

March 16th, 2011
12:55 pm

SOUTHGADAWG88: Burrows and Benedict should be ready to go.

Jim Tressel

March 16th, 2011
12:55 pm

Sorry Chip, not really fair to you to talk about distorted headlines on your blog; got carried away.

Steve Superior

March 16th, 2011
12:57 pm

UGA gets great recruits but I dont know what happens to them after they get there.

Chip Towers

March 16th, 2011
12:59 pm

wdm: Hey, didn’t even realize it when I responded to your comment, but we did have a follow-up story on the four Auburn players arrested for robbery posted on the website today. CLICK HERE to read.

Is it so?

March 16th, 2011
1:03 pm

That Steven Garcia was hung over at the bowl game against Fla. State? Now he has been suspended for the first week of spring practice.

Eisendawg

March 16th, 2011
1:06 pm

Steve Superior, typically they do pretty well. Check out the NFL.

Is it so?

March 16th, 2011
1:09 pm

Wonderful-Ohio-on-the-Gulf Dog

March 16th, 2011
1:10 pm

Sorry to hear, but a 2011 redshirt might be good for Mr. Bailey. He would have a year to bulk up to DeAngelo Tyson’s size by 2012 with a very good chance to start then.

RxDawg

March 16th, 2011
1:12 pm

Jim Tressel
March 16th, 2011
12:29 pm

Man, that was WELL SAID coach. Your smarter than I thought.

Vick=Dog killing thug

March 16th, 2011
1:14 pm

I remember how exciting it was when Bailey signed. Best of luck to him. He’s going to be a beast !!

D A DoubleU G

March 16th, 2011
1:17 pm

Chip Towers,

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for finally telling this obsessive “Tide Roll” Troll what’s up.

Unfortunately he will go nowhere, but your response brought a big smile to my face this afternoon.

Welcome back from your much deserved Spring Vacation, and we all look forward to the 10 at Ten tomorrow! Continue the great work!

GO DAWGS!!!
3-1 in the last 4 games vs Bammer.