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Lambert's Bailey commits to Cincinnati football
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Lambert's Sean Bailey, a rising senior offensive lineman, made a verbal commitment to play football for Cincinnati this past Saturday. - photo by File photo

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Lambert offensive lineman Sean Bailey made the decision of where he’ll play in college Saturday, and while it wasn’t exactly what he dreamed of growing up, it’s close.

An Ohio State Buckeyes fan growing up, Bailey will set up shop a few hours south at the University of Cincinnati and play for a team, led by esteemed coach Tommy Tuberville, that has won seven of the last 10 conference championships as a member of the American Athletic Conference (formerly the Big East).

Cincinnati offered Bailey during his visit to the Cincinnati campus Saturday, and Bailey committed just a few hours later after taking in more of the school.

“It’s a really nice campus,” Bailey said. “It’s kind of like a miniature city, but also part of the city. It has a great campus feel.”

Bailey, who also grew up a Yankees fan while living north of Harlem until the first grade, also admitted he liked the idea of being in a town with a Major League Baseball team.

“The campus is five or eight minutes from the Reds stadium,” Bailey said. “I’m a big baseball fan so that’s a plus.”

Bailey said he committed so quickly because the staff at Cincinnati provided him the three most important opportunities to him.

“When I go to college I want to look at the possibility of playing early, winning and winning bowl games,” Bailey said. “That’s really important to me. I’ll probably redshirt my freshman year, and I know a lot of their offensive lineman are older guys so that’s going to help.”

Bailey, who stands 6-foot-7, has dropped his weight 30 pounds since last season. He’s hoping being fleeter-footed will result in a stand out senior season with the Longhorns.

“I can’t wait for the season,” Bailey said. “It’s going to be a lot of fun. Hopefully we make a deep playoff run.”