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