West Virginia junior wide receiver Stedman Bailey will enter the NFL draft and will forgo his senior season as a Mountaineer, according to both Bailey and Coach Dana Holgorsen who announced the news at a press conference this afternoon.
Bailey had 23 touchdowns and 1,501 receiving yards this year for West Virginia and was long speculated to be leaning in the direction of going pro.
Bailey, whose girlfriend gave birth to the couple’s son – Stedman Bailey Jr. – on Nov. 5, said he made the decision over the last couple of weeks and filled out the paperwork required about a week and a half ago.
“At this point my stock probably couldn’t get much higher,” said Bailey. “With the year I’m having this year I don’t think it could get much better…I think this is the right decision for me.”
Holgorsen announced the news at his afternoon press conference before Bailey was made available.
“Stedman will be entering the draft. He made that announcement a couple days ago. We’e going to treat him as one of the seniors (at the bowl game). Truth of the matter is he came in with Geno (Smith) and Tavon (Asutin) and was forced to redshirt that first year…which means he would’ve been a senior at this point anyway,” said Holgorsen. “He’ll play his last year as aMountaineer up in new York."He'll be a great pro...I support him fully," said Holgorsen.