Darone Bailey chose the Kentucky Wildcats over interest from a few SEC schools, including one of his home-state schools.
Mississippi State offered him out of high school so there was a chance they would offer again. So why did he pick Kentucky?
"When I went on the visit, I liked everything. The academics, the campus and the staff were good. I think I will have better opportunities after playing for UK," said Bailey.
Bailey was on campus two weeks ago and after that period of time back home to ponder what he had seen, he decided to go with the Cats. The coaching staff was excited to add him to the fold.
"They were so excited. I told Coach Phillips first. He was the first one I called. I called Coach Summers and then Coach Turner. They were all excited," he said.
Bailey's position coach at Kentucky will be Mike Summers and Bailey has built a solid relationship with the veteran line coach.
"Coach Summers is smart. He's a very intelligent coach. He knows how to bond with his players. I really enjoy talking with him and being around him," said Bailey.
The 6-foot-6, 305-pound junior college transfer says his strengths on the field include staying under control when the pressure is one and being a coach on the field. He also says he's a good run blocker. But he says there's one thing about him that Wildcat fans should know.
"I'm a winner," said Bailey.
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