By JEREMY ADCOCK for The White House Connection
Joined by friends, family, high school coaches and his future college coaches, White House Blue Devil senior Wyatt Bailey signed with the Cumberland University Bulldogs football program to attend the Lebanon, Tennessee University.
“I am relieved to finally be signing so that people will not be asking me every day where I am going to play,” Bailey said about the signing. “Cumberland is the perfect distance away from home so that I can come home whenever I need or want to for my mom’s cooking and it is a good fit for me academically.”
Bailey, a 2013 9-AA All-District member and part of the Sumner County All-County second team, was a major force on both sides of the ball in leading White House to one of the best offenses in the district while also making 42 tackles during the 2013 season.
For Cumberland offensive coordinator Ryan Locke, Bailey has a chance to be part of a special group of players that will help make the transition from NAIA football to NCAA Division II football.
“We recently sent in the paperwork to the NCAA to make the transition from being an NAIA school to becoming an NCAA Division II school,” Locke said. “Wyatt will be an important part of us making that transition once we get the approval from the NCAA which is expected in June or July. If we get the approval, Wyatt will be one of the last signings we ever get to attend.”
NCAA rules prohibit coaches from attending college signings of prospective athletes.
“I am very excited to make this next transition to college and earn some playing time this upcoming fall on offense, defense or special teams,” Bailey said. “I am also excited for the academic side of college in maintaining a 3.5 GPA and graduating on time.”