UK recruit Bailey expected to academically eligible

August 3, 2010 

University of Kentucky recruit Mychal Bailey passed both of his summer classes at Southern Union State College and is expected to be eligible to enroll and play at UK in 2010, his former high school coach Steve Pardue said Monday.

Bailey, who played for Pardue at LaGrange (Ga.) High, signed with UK in 2007 but failed to qualify academically. He played the past two seasons at Southwest Mississippi Junior College where he earned second-team junior-college All-America honors in 2009.

Pardue said Bailey's transcript of his grades from Southern Union State is in the process of being faxed to Southwest Mississippi, which would then send it to UK. Bailey also must be certified by the NCAA Clearinghouse. The players are scheduled to report for fall camp on Thursday.

Bailey, who is listed at 6-foot, 185 pounds, has been timed at 4.37 in the 40-yard dash and has the physical tools to make an immediate impact in the UK secondary.

UK is still awaiting the final word on one other signee, Central linebacker Tim Patterson. Patterson came up one point short of a qualifying ACT score and is appealing his eligibility to the NCAA.

The eligibility of redshirt freshman defensive tackle Mister Cobble is also hanging in the balance. Cobble is finishing up summer classes this week but sources have said it's unlikely that he'll play in 2010.

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