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Aaron Bailey Poised to be Best Illini QB Ever


Former Bolingbrook High School star Aaron Bailey shocked many by choosing the University of Illinois over many top universities who all were trying their hardest to bring him to their school. Bailey had offers from Ohio St.Wisconsin and even Notre Dame. Instead, Bailey signed with the Fighting Illini, and is now poised to become the best quarterback int he school’s history.

Bailey was an absolute stud at Bolingbrook High School, and led Bolingbrook to an 8A State Championship in 2011. That season, Bailey not only passed for over 1,000-yards, a great stat for any high school quarterback, but almost rushed for 2,000-yards as well, ending the season with 1,983. The Raiders defeated Loyola Academy in the finals that season, and Bailey got his name out as a star quarterback, putting himself on almost every college’s radar.

Last season, Bailey played rarely, but got one passing and three rushing touchdowns. He also played enough to make himself the obvious choice for starter this season, over former Oklahoma St. Cowboys quarterback Wes Lunt and senior Reilly O’Toole.

Bailey’s ability to make plays on the ground will garner him comparisons to former Illini starter Juice Williams, while older fans will compare his arm to that of Jeff George or Kurt Kittner, both very solid college pocket passers. While he may not be better in either aspect, his ability to do both so well gives the Illini a very good quarterback.

While Bailey may not become the best quarterback in the school’s history, he is capable of becoming exactly that, and his hopeful rise to the top of the Illini heap should begin this season, and hopefully can culminate in a very successful career.

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  • Eric

    Thanks for writing this article I like Aaron Bailey and Wes Lunt. They both have their pros and cons in different ways, but I am glad you wrote this article because most media has basically elected Wes Lunt as the quarterback and pushed Bailey into the shadows. I am a fan of Bailey because I like that he can move if things fall a part because although, our O-Line has improved I don’t think it is quite there to help against the elite Big Ten teams yet and this is where I think Bailey’s movement can come in handy if they aren’t able to keep the quarterback protected oppose to forcing something that is not there.