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National Signing Day 2011: DE Diamonte Bailey Signs with Virginia

Diamonte Bailey | Defensive End | Hermitage HS (Richmond, Va.)

6'3" / 218 lbs / 4.7  Video: [ESPN]

- ESPN:  3* / 77 Rating / #77 DE
- Rivals: 2* / 5.4 Rating
- Scout: 3* / #122 DE
- _247: 2* / 79 Rating

Other Offers: Marshall

Notes:  218 and 6-4 sounds like a pretty decently sized kid, but criticism on Bailey focuses on his leanness. Bailey has displayed a lot of fight on the field and is commended for how physical he is. He's got an impressive wingspan, and as a junior last year, he recorded 52 tackles, 9 sacks, 1 interception and 2 fumble recoveries.


"It was a no-brainer. Location was important to me because my family is tight and they always support me. Virginia is an easy drive and they can continue to be a part of my career without too much strain. Academics were also a priority and you cannot top UVa's prestige in that area. Finally, I am in love with the staff and the program. Virginia has always felt like home to me and the staff is like an extension of my family. They have been great to me." -- on choosing Virginia, to