All-State 2008: Alvin Bailey (Offensive Line)

By Robert Przybylo Modified: December 31, 2008 at 2:26 pm •  Published: December 26, 2008
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BROKEN ARROW — Alvin Bailey was already 290 pounds as a junior with Broken Arrow. As a senior, he was more than 300 pounds and anchored the Tigers' offensive line for the third year in a row.

Behind Bailey, Broken Arrow had a breakout season, even defeating eventual Class 6A state champion Tulsa Union in the opening week.

There aren't too many linemen bigger or better than Bailey, who has been selected to The Oklahoman's All-State Team.

“He's just so powerful. There's nothing he can't do on the line,” Broken Arrow coach Ron Lancaster said. “He definitely deserving of the honor.”

Bailey, 6-foot-5, committed to Arkansas before the season. His father played basketball for Arkansas, but Bailey said that didn't influence his decision.

“He didn't push me one way or another,” Bailey said. “He wanted me to make my own decision. But yeah, he was pretty happy about it.”

Bailey bench presses more than 400 pounds and can squat 590. Bailey said he is an aggressive blocker.

“I'm going to come at people hard. I still have to work on my footwork, but I'm confident with where I'm going,” Bailey said.

Bailey received interest from several Big 12 schools and Michigan State.