Mention "Byrnes football" and people tend to perk up because the program has been arguably the state's most successful for more than a decade now. With expectations of winning a state title every year comes an abundance of talented prospects that flows from the Duncan, Lyman, Wellford, and Reidville communities. One player who continues to work hard within the program is 2013 quarterback Bryan Bailey. A left handed signal caller Bailey is expected to compete with Shuler Bentley for the starting job this season.
Some strong performances this off season at various passing camps and tournaments have seen a couple of schools take notice of his talents and we caught up with the 6'1 170 pound prospect to talk about it all heading into his junior season.
During one seven on seven event an assistant from Winston Salem State loved what he saw in the 2013 prospect while working the event and they have already started recruiting him for the HBCU located in North Carolina.
Bailey is hoping that he continues to hear more from the Rams along with other programs with the season set to begin in less than two weeks for the Rebels. This summer is like every other for those in the Byrnes program, lots of hard work and dedication to maintain the high level of play.
"My goals heading into this season are to be a better leader and to be a playmaker. Right now I'd say my arm strength and my awareness on the field are my biggest strengths. I worked a lot this off season on being better at reading defenses and my footwork."
Last year was supposed to be a down year for the Rebels in the eyes of many but the team improved each and every week and ultimately ended the season as the AAAA Division 1 state champions once again. Bailey says it was very special for he and his teammates. The championship game against Dorman provided the Rebel signal caller with a chance to face who he considered the best player they encountered all season too.
"It was great because we showed people how we could overcome adversity."
"Charone Peake was the best player we faced last season because he is a deep threat and a great athlete."
Having won a state title again Bailey and the Rebels are already hearing from opponents regarding this coming season and he talked about a couple of games he's looking forward to because of the early talking that has gone on.
"I'm looking forward to playing Gaffney and Dorman because they are saying that they're better than us."
Bailey says although the Rebels are the defending state champions they are taking a workman-like approach to this season like they always do and hope to improve every time out in order to peak at the end of the season when the playoffs come.
Still early in the recruiting process Bailey says he's hoping to hear from more schools soon and talked about his outlook and what it is that he'll be looking for in a college as well.
"Education will be my main priority because if I get hurt and cannot play I will want to have a great education to fall back on. Location is really not a big factor because if I like the school I would like to play there no matter how far away it is. I think I would have to learn the system first and I would want my relationship status with the coaches to be a father-son relationship. The college I would choose would have to have a great atmosphere for college students too."
SCPrepNation.com will continue to bring you updates with Bryan Bailey and other top high school prospects here in South Carolina so stay tuned!
INSIDE THE NUMBERS...BRYAN BAILEY
Bench press: 185 pounds
Squat: 295 pounds
Power clean: 155 pounds
Fastest 40: 4.8 seconds
Pro shuttle: 4.32 seconds
Broad jump: 8'2"