Bolingbrook quarterback Aaron Bailey is drawing significant interest from Big Ten teams like the Purdue Boilermakers, Iowa Hawkeyes, Minnesota Golden Gophers, Northwestern Wildcats and Illinois Fighting Illini.
The 6'2", 216-pound junior is also drawing interest from the Northern Illinois Huskies and Colorado State Rams.
Bolingbrook head coach John Ivlow said Bailey is a very special player.
“A lot of people compare him to Greg Williams of the 1993 team (that finished second in state),” Ivlow said in a Bolingbrook Patch interview. “We’ve had big, strong and fast kids play here before, but not at the quarterback position. It’s been a while since we had a kid with his skills at the quarterback position.”
Bailey has been a three-year varsity starter for the Raiders, playing wide receiver as a freshman and quarterback the past two years.
He has had a breakout 2011 season. A dual-threat quarterback, Bailey has 807 passing yards for nine touchdowns.
More impressively, Bailey excels with running the ball. The Raiders use a triple-option offense and a veer system, giving Bailey many chances to run. He has 1,289 rushing yards and 21 touchdowns.
Bailey has led Bolingbrook to a 9-1 record and into the second-round of the Illinois State High School Association 8A state playoffs.
His best game of the year came Oct. 28 against Neuqua Valley. The Wildcats shut down Bolingbrook's passing game, where Bailey was 0-of-2 with an interception.
However, Bailey had 15 carries for 300 yards and four touchdowns in a 33-14 first-round playoff win. Bailey had scoring scampers of 71, 80, 12 and 66 yards.
"It's truly a blessing from God," Bailey said in a Chicago Tribune interview. "I can't take any credit. My teammates really got off. Despite messing up, we did great. That shows how we could play bad and still get the win."
The first touchdown run was on a well-executed wildcat play on the game's second play. He swept left and broke some tackles.
His 66-yard fourth-quarter touchdown clinched the win. Bailey ran on a quarterback draw and beat out the defensive line and linebackers while breaking two tackles.
Besides being a football standout, Bailey is a top varsity baseball player and said he hopes to play both football and baseball in college.
Bob Bajek is a writing intern at Bleacher Report. All quotes unless stated otherwise are first hand or attributed to their source material.
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