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Florida the early leader for 2011 DE Bailey

Updated: January 13, 2010, 10:13 AM ET
By JC Shurburtt
Florida is out in front early for Class of 2011 ESPNU 150 Watch List defensive end Sterling Bailey (Gainesville, Ga./East Hall).

"I could say [the Gators are out in front]," Bailey said. "It was a surprising offer at first because they were not sending me much in the mail. My coach called me up and told me that Florida had offered. At first, I didn't believe him. Then, I called and got on the phone with [Gators head coach] Urban Meyer. He told me that they were glad to offer me a scholarship and that when they saw me on film, it was a no-brainer."

The 6-foot-4, 229-pound Bailey says he plans to make an unofficial visit to Florida in January or February. He also has offers from California, Tennessee, Georgia Tech, South Carolina and Western Kentucky. He also is interested in Alabama, Michigan, Ole Miss, LSU and North Carolina.

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