Alvin Bailey is again preparing to trim his list of favorite programs.
The Seffner Armwood wide receiver named 13 teams that he’d considering committing to in the beginning of the summer and will whittle down more schools in the coming week after a multi-school tour that begins Saturday night.
“I’m going to see Notre Dame, Michigan, Clemson and Georgia,” Bailey said. “And I’ll probably make a trip to Florida State, too.”
He will also visit South Carolina, which is the school he is most excited to see.
“I haven’t been up there yet, but I’m planning on getting there to see what their campus is like,” Bailey said.
Ranked as the No. 7 player on the Sentinel’s 2013 MidWest Florida Super60 list, the dynamic playmaker is a highly recruited athlete and holds scholarship offers from more than 30 schools.
His current top 13 programs are, in no particular order, Florida State, South Carolina, Clemson, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Georgia, Arkansas, Auburn, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt, West Virginia and UCF.
Although his unofficial visits will help provide some clarity, Bailey (5-11, 170) is not looking forward to crossing some teams off of his list.
“I’m not going to say that it’s fun,” he said. “I’m not going to say that it’s easy, because you never want a man coming to your school and you have to say, ‘No coach, I’m not interested.’ It’s very hard.”
Bailey’s pilgrimage figures to be fairly compacted. He will likely arrive at Notre Dame on Sunday and plans to take all his visits within the week.
Adding to what will likely be a taxing road trip is the fact that he spent Thursday through Saturday at UCF’s full-contact team camp.
Bailey is becoming a regular at UCF, attending the team’s seven-on-seven tournament and taking an unofficial visit to the school with Tampa Bay Tech wide receiver Richard Benjamin in June.
“I had already seen everything that the coaches were going to take us on, but to see Richard on his visit, to see what he thought of it, it was a great feeling,” Bailey said. “Just to see what he thought about it, because I had already told him that it was a great campus. For him to come back to me and be like, ‘Yeah bro, it was everything you said,’ it was great.”
Both Bailey and Benjamin will likely consider UCF all the way until they make their final decisions this summer.
“I can’t speak for him, but when I do talk to Richard, he does tell me that they’re very high on his list,” Bailey said. “He told me a couple days ago that he’s down to his two. It’s Clemson and UCF, so they’re very high on his list and they’re very high on mine.”
Benjamin said he plans to commit to a school July 3 and Bailey could also commit to a school in July, depending on how his upcoming visits go.