Liberty-Bealeton QB Dylan Bailey (Video Still: Antowyne Shaw/recruit757)
Dylan Bailey Impresses at The Proving Ground
by Marc Goldstein, recruitNoVA
Liberty High School senior quarterback Dylan Bailey (6’3, 210 LBS) played very well at The Proving Ground, put on by Recruit757. He stood out among the other quarterbacks in attendance and made the most of his opportunity. He demonstrated that he is a true competitor, no matter the circumstances, conditions, or any other factor. By the time the camp was through, he had proven that he was not only capable of playing amongst high school players but as well as being able to play at the next level.
Dylan constantly reiterates the fact that he is a true competitor, a throwback quarterback who will dig his heels in and do what he can to win a football game.
“Rain or shine, I’m here to play. I want all the other guys to know that, and all of the colleges to know that too… It was just great to get out here and compete with these guys all across Virginia. I have played with some of these guys and played with some of them at other camps, and it’s a great atmosphere to play ball,” he details. Dylan has always wanted to play at the next level, and now that he has an opportunity to do so, he relishes it highly. “It really just motivates me. It motivates me to do it for my family and to just do it because it is something I wanted since I was young. Simply, I love the game of football, and want to keep playing at the next level,” Dylan says.
Dylan talks about his progression as a quarterback as recently as this March when he was a mere 180 pounds. He has put on 30 pounds since then, and it adds to his height at 6’3.
He describes his playing style, “I’m a pocket passer, and I love to be in the pocket. I’m not a dual-threat QB, and I’m never going to be one, but I love to escape the pocket and make throws there.” Last season, he broke the school record for touchdowns and passing yards at Liberty, and it is something that he is very proud of, as throwing touchdowns is what he says is his favorite thing. He wants to keep getting better, and that starts with simply playing the game. “Just getting together with the guys, throwing the ball around, and even playing in the 7 on 7 league my coach put us in, I’m staying sharp and getting better,” he says.
Dylan expects Liberty to continue to be a powerhouse in the area. He led the team to an undefeated record, eventually losing to Tuscarora in the second round of the playoffs. For Dylan, he has been reporting a slow start to his recruitment. “It has been a little slow for me, but one thing that keeps me going is that everyone is in the same boat. I am currently talking to a few DII schools, and I’m excited about some of the opportunities I have in the future,” he details.
Dylan is very excited for the season in the spring. He knows that the team will have a great shot at winning a lot of games. He also knows as the team wins, his recruitment will go up as well. Clearly, he is more focused on winning as a team, but he knows that he will need to be able to play well in order to get some offers. If he can improve off of a season that saw him break school records, he might just be a big problem for teams he is going against. He can truly be one of the scariest quarterbacks in the area next season, he just hopes he can harness his ability to the fullest.
– Marc Goldstein