Bailey Bunn

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J.H. Rose senior Bailey Bunn is headed to Kentucky. The talented gymnast signed her official Letter of Intent Wednesday in front of family and friends.

She also visited other Southeastern Conference powers like Alabama, Georgia and Auburn. Bunn spoke with preps beat writer Jake Keator about her sport and her future.

Q: How did you originally get involved with gymnastics?

A: I started when I was three years old. My parents told me I was climbing on everything and had way too much energy. They put me in gymnastics and things developed. I don’t think they ever expected this.”

Q: What was the recruiting process like for you?

A: I actually got started late in the recruiting process. I got started my ninth grade year, when most people start in middle school. I have an amazing coach (Darlene Rose of Rose’s gymnastics) who started emailing coaches and talking with them as much as possible. I sent email after email and kept my options open and seek out all my options.”

Q: What led you to signing with the Wildcats?

A: “Kentucky felt like home. I was actually in the student store with my parents and I told my dad, ‘This is where I want to be.’ I just felt it in my heart. Everything felt right and I couldn’t find anything wrong with it.”

Q: What’s the most difficult part of gymnastics?

A: “I think gymnastics is more mental than it is physical. You can be as strong as you want, but if you don’t have the mental game, you won’t be able to reach the highest level. I think that my coach working with us on mental toughness has helped a lot.”

Q: What do you believe is your best event?

A: “My favorite event is floor, but my coaches and parents say my best event is beam. I love all of the events and just try to get better at each of them every day.”

Q: What would your advice be for a younger gymnast who is looking to make it to a college program?

A: “The best advice I could give would be to always try to beat yourself. Don’t look at anyone else. If you beat yourself, you’ll beat everyone else. That’s what makes you a good athlete and a good person in general.”

Contact Jake Keator at jkeator@reflector.com, 252-329-9594 and follow @JakeKeatorDR on Twitter.