Gordo quarterback Tanner Bailey on his recruitment, chants of 'overrated'
Gordo quarterback Tanner Bailey said he will consider being an early enrollee for 2022.
The 6-foot-1, 195-pound junior, a four-star prospect according to the 247 Spots Composite, expects to make his commitment by the start of next season. He has no plan to trim his list of offers.
Bailey holds 14 offers including six from Southeastern Conference schools. He said Alabama and Auburn have both pushed hard in recent months after offering him on consecutive days in May.
“It has been motivation for me, this year, to play my butt off,” said Bailey.
He has ties to both Auburn and Alabama. Bailey’s grandfather, Ken Bailey, played at Alabama and was part of coach Bear Bryant’s first recruiting class. He grew up an Auburn fan, where his father, Lance, was a backup quarterback in the 1980s.
He now tells any coach recruiting him that he is just looking to make the best decision for himself.
In a 27-13 win over Northside on Thursday, Bailey threw for over 150 yards passing on 12 of 16 and had three touchdowns.
After struggling in the first half, Bailey heard a familiar taunt from the opposing stands.
“Overrated,” screamed the dozens of Northside students that made the trip to Reform.
Bailey did not let it have a negative impact Thursday.
“It for sure fuels me up,” said Bailey. “I try to keep distractions out of my head, but I will say I am glad they did it.”
Two plays after chants started in the third quarterf, Neel Christopher went streaking down the field as Bailey snapped the ball and avoided pressure. He delivered a perfect spiral nearly 50 yards down field, allowing Christopher to walk it in for a 65-yard touchdown.
The play gave Gordo the lead and shifted the momentum in favor of the Green Wave.
For the rest of the game, Bailey had just one incompletion on a drop.
“He showed up when we needed him,” said Gordo coach Ryan Lolley.