RUSKIN – Moving has been a thing of regularity for Jahryn Bailey.
The rising senior running back at Lennard has relocated five times from Florida to South Carolina to Pennsylvania to Germany to Hawaii and back to Florida. Living in a military family will do that.
Originally born in West Palm Beach, Fla., the 5’10”, 225-pounder started playing organized football in 2011. Living in Germany, flag football was the only option and then when he moved to Hawaii shortly thereafter that’s where he participated in a Pop Warner league.
Fast forward five years and Bailey is now a four-year varsity contributor who is set to be a starter for the second straight season at Lennard. He has 1,889 rushing yards and 31 touchdowns on the ground in three years.
His junior campaign was a big one where he carried the rock 211 times for 1,220 yards (5.8 average) and 21 touchdowns. He made a couple starts as a freshman totaling 196 yards and five scores while playing a bigger role with 476 yards and five touchdowns as a sophomore.
Bailey says he gained his confidence the summer going into his junior season.
“Freshman year I was starting the first game, but I had a fumble the first three games,” Bailey told Prep Sports Scouting. “Coach took me out and said ‘it is ok just work on it.’ Sophomore year I had some major runs but not a major season. Over summer, I kept practicing and I made sure I fixed my mistakes.”
Aiming to get “more ripped up” before the season begins, he says he felt like this past season was his time to shine and do his best.
The Longhorns finished 7-4 this past season but missed out on the Class 7A playoffs. Bailey says he believes they can build off the good from last year.
“We need to go back and fix our mistakes. They are simple mistakes. We need to try to not make the same mistakes so we can make the playoffs and grind a little harder.”
Bailey plays for fifth-year Lennard head coach Keith Chattin. After going 1-19 across his first two seasons, Chattin has led the Longhorns to a combined 15-7 record over the last two.
“I’m grateful to have a chance to play for coach Chattin. He knows what he’s doing and he’ll put you in the right place. He’ll push you and makes sure you’ll get it done.”
As for his biggest strengths, Bailey pointed out his power and overall ability to make reads. He’s aiming to improve his pass-blocking this season.
Currently, Bailey has two offers from Air Force and Florida Tech. He also has interest from Bethune-Cookman, South Florida, Central Florida, West Florida and Georgia Tech.
His father served as a Marine for the last 30 years until retiring this May as an E-9. Bailey calls him his biggest role model.
“He inspired to me if not good but better than me. He pushes me the hardest. He can understand where I’m coming from because he used to play football. Not only that, he’s successful at everything he does.”
Bailey called moving as many times as he did growing up as a little different.
“You get settled in at the place you’re at and then by the time to go, it’s by time to go again.”
In Germany, he said it was a different atmosphere where he felt out of place more at times.
Moving to Hawaii is where he got settled into football and he said he absolutely loved living there. He played soccer, basketball and wrestling before moving over to football.
Bailey’s ultimate goal isn’t like every other athlete his age. He says he wants to be successful in life and never give up. He has plans to play college football but isn’t set on making it to the NFL.
This kid is bowling ball out of the backfield. He may be undersized, but he uses every bit of brute strength to break down field. With three 200-yard games a season ago, I expect more of the same for Bailey this season.
Jahryn Bailey is still growing as a football player, but now that he’s settled into his new surroundings, he can only get better. Offers are going to come for this kid and righfully so. He deserves it.
Favorite players to watch – Eddie Lacy, Marshawn Lynch
Favorite movie – Fast and Furious series
Favorite TV show – Pitbulls and Parolees
Fun fact about you that no one knows – “I watch Housewives of Atlanta. It’s hilarious to me all the drama on the show.”
Nickname(s) from teammates or friends – “Rainbow Warrior”, “Baby Bus”, “Hawaii”
Game film: Bailey’s Hudl tape
Jake Perper is the scout for Prep Sports Scouting. Make sure to follow along for all the updates on Twitter: @JakePerper.
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