41  Mychal Bailey
Mychal Bailey


LaGrange, Ga.

High School:

Last College:
SW Mississippi CC

Height / Weight:
6-0 / 194




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Sat out much of the spring in order to concentrate on his studies ... The starting free safety last season, he hopes to reclaim his regular role in August ... A linebacker during his high-school and junior-college careers, he made a quick adjustment to the defensive backfield after arriving in August, 2010 ... Has upside for significant improvement now that he has a year's experience in the secondary ... Also contributes in kick coverage ... Has good speed.

2010 (Junior): Played in all 13 games, including 12 starts ... Fourth on the team with 58 tackles, including one tackle for loss ... Opened his UK career with a bang, grabbing an interception in the season-opening win at Louisville ... Made his second interception of the year against Tennessee, making a great play in UT's endzone that possibly saved a touchdown ... Had a season high in stops in back-to-back games, making eight tackles at Ole Miss, followed by nine vs. Auburn ... Led or was tied for the team lead in tackles vs. Florida and WKU with six.

Junior College: Originally signed with Kentucky in Feb. 2007, he joined the Wildcats from Southwest Mississippi Community College ... Second-team All- America during his sophomore season, also first-team all-state and all-region ... Two-year totals include 161 tackles, two fumbles caused, two fumble recoveries, two pass breakups, three interceptions, 7.5 quarterback sacks and four tackles for loss ... Played linebacker at SW Mississippi ... Having been timed as fast as 4.37 seconds in the 40-yard dash, should have no trouble making the physical adjustment to the UK secondary ... His speed also is reflected in the fact that he returned kickoffs in junior college, including an 84-yard return for a touchdown ... Coached by Charles Anthony ... "Mychal was, by far, our best player," Anthony said. "He was our fastest and most explosive player. He has outstanding intensity, competitiveness and work ethic."

High School: First-team all-state as a high-school senior as selected by the Georgia coaches association and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution ... Played linebacker on defense and also saw action as a wingback on offense ... Fouryear letterman and two-year starter for LaGrange (Ga.) High School ... Continues the tradition of Grangers at UK, joining current Wildcats Randall Burden, Qua Huzzie, Tristian Johnson, Joe Mansour and Pat Simmons ... Totaled 118 tackles as a senior, 19 tackles for loss, including 11 quarterback sacks, two caused fumbles and three fumble recoveries ... Also returned eight kickoffs for a sparkling 44.4-yard average, including two runbacks for touchdowns ... Won the "Golden Helmet Award" as his team's most valuable player his senior year ... Part of the LaGrange juggernaut that won two state championships during his four years on the varsity and lost to the eventual state champ the other two seasons ... Coached by Steve Pardue ... "Mychal is a game-changer on offense, defense or special teams," Pardue said. "He has tremendous speed and big-play ability." ... Joined the track team his junior and senior years ... Competed in the long jump, triple jump, 100- and 200-meter dashes and two relays ... Won the regional in the long jump and was second in the triple jump as a junior.

Personal: Born in Valley, Ala. ... Son of Willie R. Bailey and Marguerite Bailey ... Name is pronounced the same as "Michael" ... A cousin of Braxton Kelley, former UK linebacker who is now with the Denver Broncos ... Considering a major in hospitality management and tourism.

2015 National Signing Day Commonwealth Stadium