Is Andre Bailey Still ASU Bound?

Up until recently, the local safety from McClintock High School, who spent the last two years at nearby Mesa Community College seemed destined to sign with the hometown school in December. However, he told DevilsDigest that due to various obstacles these plans just may change.

Bailey was a member of the Sun Devils' 2002 recruiting class. After failing to qualify academically, he decided to enroll at MCC, with the full intention of re-signing with ASU in December 2003. "I had some summer classes that weren't covered by my scholarship," he said. "So, I have to retake them in the spring. I planned to sign with ASU in December, but I couldn't because of those classes." Bailey said that he's also taking classes in the current intersession. He feels like he can wrap up all his academic requirements in the spring, and is giving up on playing basketball to make sure he accomplishes that goal.

The safety felt that the Devils, perhaps because he didn't sign in December, have cooled off when it came to recruiting him. "They (ASU) used to show me a lot of love," remarked Bailey. "But now I feel like it's fading love. I feel like there's no guarantees with them. So I have to keep my options open. Everything is fair game now. I don't know who I'm gonna sign with in February."

Bailey wasted no time in exploring those options. "I went to UTEP last week," he stated. "I almost went to Washington State (in 2001) because of Mike Price. The only reason I visited there was because he's the coach. I liked the visit a lot a lot." The safety added that he may visit Colorado by the end of the month, and that Boise State is another school he's considering.

Despite his lukewarm feelings towards the Sun Devils, this all may change when he meets with Coach Koetter on Friday. "We're gonna sit down and talk," he said, "and see what happens. That meeting is gonna tell me where I am with ASU."

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