Bailie Key of Texas Dreams has verbally committed to the University of Florida, according to a social media post by the athlete on Saturday.
15-year-old Key, who sat out this elite season due to a nagging elbow injury, is one of the USA’s top prospects for the 2016 Olympic Games but isn’t set to graduate high school until 2017, so it’s likely she could see both the Olympics and the NCAA in her future.
An excited Key took to Instagram to announce the news, stating that she is “so excited to say that [she has] verbally committed to the University of Florida! Go Gators!”
Key joins a host of other Texas Dreams gymnasts who have signed on with Florida over the past few years, including Claire Boyce, Kennedy Baker, and Peyton Ernst. Others coming to Florida in this year and the next few years include Amelia Hundley, Rachel Gowey, Ashton Locklear, Alyssa Baumann, Grace McLaughlin, Lacy Dagen, Ericha Fassbender, Vanasia Bradley, and Canada’s Maegan Chant, making them the most popular NCAA option for former high-performing U.S. and international elites.
The Gators have won the NCAA Championship title as a team for two years running, earning it for the first time in program history in 2013 and sharing it with Oklahoma in 2014.
Article by Lauren Hopkins
Photo thanks to Bailie Key/Instagram