July 28, 2006

Bailey impressive at Elite 11

One Arkansas athlete has used this summer to his advantage.

Rontrell Bailey of Arkadelphia (AR) decided to take advantage of Nike Camps and Elite 11 tryout camps to raise his stock in the eyes of college coaches around the country.


Apparently it's working. Bailey was added to the Elite 11 national camp this past week as the 12th man and impressed camp instructors with his athleticism and matching throws with some of the best quarterbacks in the country.

"I just got back last night from Orange County and the Elite 11," Bailey said. "I was named most improved during the camp. It was a great experience to get to throw and compete against the very best quarterbacks in the country. I held my own against them and did very well according to the camp counselors and instructors."

According to Bailey, John Brantley (Texas commitment) won the MVP award of the camp, followed by Ryan Mallett (Michigan commitment) won second place MVP, and Stephen Garcia won third place honors.

"Stephen really did well," Bailey said. "He's really a nice guy, we talked some, we both talked about Ole Miss some, all of it was very positive."

Bailey at one time named Ole Miss his favorite, and while the Rebels are still very high on his list, Bailey stated Friday that he doesn't have a favorite right now.

"I love Ole Miss and a lot of things about the school," Bailey said. "I like the chances of me playing there, they have a great situation for me. Schaeffer will be a senior when I'm a freshman and I could learn a lot from him. Right now I'm not naming a favorite, but Ole Miss is very high on my list."

Bailey, a 6-foot-3, 205-pound athlete that runs a 4.6 to 4.7 forty, passed for over 1,300 yards and 16 touchdowns last fall while adding another 850 yards rushing and nine more scores.

Bailey has been to the Ole Miss campus three times this spring and summer- once for the Rebels' Junior Day, the annual Grove Bowl, and for the Ole Miss camp.

"Their campus is just incredible, it's in a small college town, a lot like Arkadelphia," Bailey said. "I feel very at home at Ole Miss. Coach (Hugh) Freeze is recruiting me and he is a great person. Very caring and (teammate) Gary (McClellan) and I like him a lot. The entire coaching staff is great."

Bailey is also impressed with the offensive system that new offensive coordinator Dan Werner has installed this spring in Oxford.

"I'm the type quarterback who likes to throw the football and rely on my arm and throwing ability, not just my feet and quickness," Bailey said. "This offense is a perfect fit for me. I sat down with Coach Werner for 45 minutes at the junior day and learned more that I expected to. He is a great teacher of the game."



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