Marietta's Harrison Bailey is a preseason nominee for the National High School Quarterback of the Year Award. SPECIAL/John Silas

Marietta quarterback Harrison Bailey may be adding yet another achievement to his accomplished high school career.

Bailey, a rising senior, was placed on the preseason watch list for the National High School Quarterback of the Year Award. The award is given out by the National Quarterback Club, and Bailey is one of 19 nominees.

Bailey, who committed to Tennessee last fall, is already the Blue Devils’ all-time passing leader in completions, yards and touchdowns. Last season, he led Cobb County in passing with 2,809 yards and 29 touchdowns, despite missing the last few games of the season with an injury.

Bailey completed 63 percent of his passes on the season, something Marietta coach Richard Morgan said expects to see rise this fall.

“His accuracy has gotten so much better,” Morgan said. “He already could make all the throws, but now he’s putting it in some really tight windows.”

Rivals currently ranks the 6-foot-4, 223-pound Bailey as the No. 8 player in Georgia, the 43rd-best player in the nation and the No. 2 pro-style quarterback in the nation.

“He’s just one of those kids that gets better every single year,” Morgan said. “Injuries have already cost him so many games. I just hope he plays his whole senior year. But even through the injures, he’s made great leaps. He comes back stronger every time.”

Voting for the award will take place Nov. 25, and the winner will be announced Jan. 17, 2020.


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