National signing day for future college football players has passed by for 2016. However, Mark Richt is making news by selecting Phenomena Harrison Bailey, a Georgia eighth-grader, giving him his first scholarship offer. The press has reported that it could pay off big dividends for the Miami Hurricanes football program.
College football fans in Miami and around the country might wonder why Coach Richt would make such an offer to Bailey. Well, Richt is a very hardworking recruiters, as the first-year Miami coach is willing to take the risk. And coach does view offering an eighth-grader a football scholarship that big of a risk, according to reports.
Bailey is already stands 6-foot-3 and weights in at 175 pounds. He is a pocket passing quarterback who is often compared to former Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray, now with the Kansas City Chiefs.
On YouTube.com, the 13 year-old shows promise in his highlight film to have the skills to play at the colleague level. Bailey most often lines up in shotgun and has superior footwork, a super quick release, a rocket of an arm with consistent spirals and it looks as if he can make all the throws. He is mobile with deceiving running speed.
If anyone can assess a signal-caller it’s Richt. The former UGA head football coach can. He was the Miami Hurricanes field general in the early 1980’s.
I like Bailey a lot and it’s a sad we’ll have to wait a few years to hear his decision. I hope he remembers who believed in him first … the U.
Marietta native and Vanderbilt University standout Dansby Swanson is living a dream as he comes home to play for his hometown Atlanta Braves this season.
“It’s funny to think how that is my getaway,” Swanson said. “In high school, my getaway was going to shoot basketball, even just at the house. Now [after the trade], that is the first thing I did when I found out I was going back home, ” Swanson told a reporter.
In effort to improve the team’s middle infield this year the Atlanta acquired Swanson, from the Arizona diamondbacks, in a December 8th trade that sent Shelby Miller to Arizona.
Swanson was the first player selected over-all in the June draft by the diamondbacks. He only played 22 games his rookie season in Class A ball with Arizona because another prospect hit Swanson in the face during live batting practice.
Fans should be excited to watch this young Braves prospect on the field this season. Although he has a light stick at the dish, he will hit for average in the line up at all levels of the Atlanta’s organization.
He hit 289. at the plate in his shorten rookie year with the D-backs in Oregon. Look for his bat to be much improved at the plate this season as the Braves top prospect has worked hard on improving his all-round game. Spending time in the batting cages and working with Chipper Jones will certainly help the kid, as he enters his first full season at the professional level.
Despite is lack of playing time in the pros this young pro has better than average speed on the basis, along with great knowledge of the over all game.
My prediction is when the season starts this year Swanson will be a class A Rome Brave. However, he will claim the minor league ladder fast. The truth be told with the kid’s age and college experience he should and could be playing in the show by the end of 2016 or 2017 season. Swanson is without a doubt someone to keep an eye on this coming season. He could surprise us all and be contributing sooner than later at Turner Field or Sun Trust Park in Cobb County.