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.
Bailey is in the Class of 2020.