East Hall rising senior defensive end Sterling Bailey is prepared to make a verbal committment on Friday night at the school's gym. The question now, is which hat will he slip on?
As I've written in this blog before, Sterling has long been fond of the University of Georgia. However, he's also been tugged at hard by his Vikings teammate Chaz Cheeks to join him at Georgia Tech.
Along with Georgia and Georgia Tech, his final seven includes Florida, Alabama, Notre Dame, Tennessee and South Carolina, says Sterling's father Kevin.
Kevin says that they'll have a decal representing each school on the table in front of him, then he'll pull the hat out of the bag for the school he's selected.
Even though I know where he'll commit, I don't want to ruin the surprise. This is something that obviously means a lot to this family, which has seen Sterling blossom into a coveted defensive line/linebacker prospect for the next level.
"Sterling is really excited to make his announcement and be able to focus on everything else that he needs to focus on during his senior year," Kevin said.
If you want to see where Sterling chooses to go, just show up at the East Hall High gymnasium at 6:30 p.m. on Friday. I'll make sure to post another blog about it Friday night with his reaction to his decision. You may be surprised by which hat he chooses to slip on.
Of course, I try to not to fail to mention that these verbal commitments are very quick to change before the actual signing day rolls around in February.
I was at Gainesville High's commitment ceremony for Tai-ler Jones a couple years ago, held during school hours for some reason, when he said beyond a shadow of a doubt he was headed to Stanford. Of course, he ended up signing with Notre Dame last season and is now listed as one of their top wide receivers in South Bend.
Red Elephants rising senior linebacker A.J. Johnson committed to Tennessee last season, but decided to back out on that one due to their coaching change. He's still un-declared, even though the Volunteers remain on his list. I don't expect him to commit again until football season.
Gainesville's Blake Sims' verbal commitment to Alabama changed just weeks before signing day this year, before he eventually did sign with the Crimson Tide.