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Gators CB Willie Bailey to transfer

Freshman cornerback Willie Bailey has decided to transfer from Florida.

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- True freshman cornerback Willie Bailey has decided to transfer from the program after sitting out in his first season on campus.

"Willie Bailey has decided to transfer," coach Will Muschamp said. "He and I met last week and he felt like he wanted to move on and we'll support him in that.."

Bailey, a 6-foot, 172-pound player from Hallandale figured to be a bit of a project as a lean cornerback.

Florida has several talented cornerbacks already on the roster, including junior Jaylen Watkins and sophomores Loucheiz Purifoy and Marcus Roberson, who have all notched multiple starts and are all expected to return in 2013.

The Gators also boast a commitment from Vernon Hargreaves III, the top cornerback in the country and the No. 6 player in the Top 247. Florida is also still recruiting MacKensie Alexander and Jalen Ramsey, ranked No. 30 and 34 in the Top 247, respectively.

Bailey is the 16th player to transfer from Florida during Muschamp's two-year tenure. He is the fifth transfer in the past calendar year.

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