Bailey to enter NFL Draft


FAYETTEVILLE — Offensive guard Alvin Bailey has decided to forgo his final season at Arkansas and enter the 2013 NFL Draft.

Bailey has signed with Morgan Advisory Group (MAG). Ryan Morgan, who is president of MAG, said Bailey’s paperwork was faxed to the NFL on Wednesday. The guard is training for pro day workouts in Arizona.

“He’s a talented player who we think he can play in the NFL for a long time,” Morgan said. “The focus now has been to train the right way and get his body to where we want it to be. He’s a physical specimen.”

Bailey could not be reached for comment Wednesday. Neither could his father, Alvin Bailey, Sr., who told Hawgs Illustrated his son was ready to begin a pro football career.

“The Bailey Family will always be Hogs, however, Alvin has decided to forego his redshirt senior season,” Bailey Sr. told Hawgs Illustrated. “We support his decision.”

MAG also is representing Arkansas defensive end Tenarius Wright for the draft. Former Razorbacks Jarius Wright and Greg Childs, who were drafted in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings, are other MAG clients.

Bailey, a Broken Arrow, Okla., native, started every game of his Arkansas career alongside center Travis Swanson. The two – who were members of the 2009 signing class and redshirted that season – logged 38 straight starts together.

Bailey would’ve been one of the anchors of Arkansas’ offensive line under coach Bret Bielema if he returned to campus. But he became the second Arkansas junior to declare for the NFL Draft this month, joining running back Knile Davis.

NFLDraftScout.com currently lists Bailey as the sixth-best offensive guard in the 2014 NFL Draft pool. Bailey won’t wait until then, taking his chances now.

Bailey becomes the first Arkansas offensive lineman to declare early for the NFL Draft since Shawn Andrews, who left the Hogs after the 2003 season. Andrews became a first-round pick when the Philadelphia Eagles selected him at No. 16.

Bailey’s departure means Arkansas will have to replace three regulars from the offensive line next season. Bailey joins outgoing seniors Tyler Deacon and Jason Peacock, who split time in the starting lineup with sophomore Brey Cook.

Swanson also is evaluating his draft options and said earlier this month he was “keeping an open mind.” Swanson also added: “I haven’t made a decision.”

Bielema, Hogs Sign Five

The signing period for junior college prospects who intend to enroll at midterm began Wednesday. Bielema and his staff welcomed five players to the Hogs.

The list of Arkansas’ junior college signees Wednesday included: Hartnell (Calif.) Community College cornerback Carroll Washington, College of the Siskiyous (Calif.) linebacker Myke Tavarres, Georgia Military Academy cornerback Tiquention Coleman, Butler County (Kan.) Community College tackle John McClure and Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College linebacker Martrell Spaight.

Spaight was the fifth and final signee Wednesday. The North Little Rock native had been verbally committed to Kansas State, but signed with the Razorbacks.

McClure, Spaight, Washington and Tavarres are rated as three-star prospects by Rivals.com. Coleman is rated as a two-star prospect by Rivals.com.

The signing period for junior college players stretches to Jan. 15.

Herbert Starts Jan. 14

New strength and conditioning coach Ben Herbert met with the media during a teleconference on Tuesday and said he will remain with the Badgers through the Rose Bowl. Herbert will join the Razorbacks on Jan. 14, beginning his work with Arkansas players during offseason conditioning drills.

Herbert played defensive end at Wisconsin and worked for the football program for 11 years. He was the Badgers’ head strength and conditioning coach for four years.

“I’ve been at Wisconsin for a long time and I’m looking forward to the new journey and the excitement of working with a new group,” Herbert said Wednesday.