Bailey talks ASU recruiting

Among the local prospects frequenting Arizona State's home games this year, one may say that Higley High School offensive lineman Quinn Bailey has been a permanent fixture. Devils Digest caught up with Bailey to talk about his recruitment with the Sun Devils, his potential official visits and timetable for a decision.

The 6-5 285-pound Quinn Bailey attended Arizona State's dominating 54-13 win over Colorado, and the lineman was naturally impressed with the offensive display by the Sun Devils.

"Recruitment with Arizona State is going good. I like being there and it's a great atmosphere," Bailey said of his Saturday night experience in Tempe. "I go to a lot games and you can tell how important the team is to everyone. I like talking to the coaches and players after the game hearing what they have to say.

"I like how fast the offense is because I'm someone who likes to play in the no huddle, and I'm a faster lineman. I feel that I'm a good run blocker and I also do a good job blocking at the second level. Pass blocking is something I have worked on a lot and I feel that I've gotten a lot better at that."

Bailey noted that ASU's offensive line coach, Chris Thomsen, has applauded his work ethic and other attributes of his game.

"He likes how I play hard all the time," Bailey said. "He likes how athletic I am for my size, and he likes me at both tackle positions. When I talk to the players they tell me how much they like Coach Thomsen and how hard they work in practice.

"I really get along with Coach Thomsen and I like his personality. He is really good at developing players."

Fox Sports Next's Southwest Recruiting Analyst Jason Jewell, likes the fact that Bailey can play both ways, but feels that he is suited best for one side of the ball.

"I like high school OLs that are at least decent on the DL because it shows their athletic ability and toughness," Jewell said in his latest assessment of the Higley standout. "On the OL, Bailey is a big framed kid that will get much bigger, has very long arms and plays hard. Still needs work on his pass pro technique. Played LT last year but has moved to RT for senior year. I think RT or OG will be his spot in college."

Bailey reported summer weight room marks of 305 lbs. benching, 415 squatting, and 285 on the power clean.

Aside from the obvious familiarity with the football aspect of the school, Bailey is also intrigued with the other facets that are related to Arizona State.

"I definitely like the school and the campus," Bailey commented. "I like the area of Tempe a lot. It's definitely one of the nicer areas that I have been too when visiting colleges. I definitely see the benefit of staying close to home and seeing my family, but they aren't pressuring me a whole lot and will support any decision I make. But I'm sure they would love to see me closer to home.

"My parents really like Coach Thomsen and just the whole direction the team is going in. They like how Coach Graham builds character in players and helps them mature. I'm real serious about football and I would want to go a program that takes it seriously too."

Bailey listed other factors that will ultimately aid him in his final decision.

"I definitely want to go somewhere where I can win," Bailey remarked. "Going somewhere where I can fit in right away and play early."

ASU, Arizona, Oregon, Utah and Washington are among the schools who have offered Bailey to date, and while the lineman hasn't trimmed his list of suitors he did note that they are some schools he is planning to officially visit in the next few months.

"I'm looking at all the schools who have offered me, but I definitely like ASU a lot," Bailey stated. "I haven't taken any official visits yet. I'm planning to visit Oregon and Washington in December. I'm only going to take visits after my season is over, and I won't make my decision before I take all of my official visits.

"Even though I've been there so much I'm planning to visit Arizona State, probably in January. That's definitely a place I can see myself at so I would want to take an official visit there."

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