Bailey Picks Up First Offer

One of the top offensive linemen in Indiana in the Class of 2017 visited Ball State this weekend and came away with his first offer.

Newburgh (IN) Castle OT Bryce Bailey (6-5 290) is one of the top offensive line prospects in the Class of 2017 visited Ball State this weekend and came away impressed ... and with his first scholarship offer.

"It went really well," Bailey said. "They offered me my first scholarship. I've been up there to camp before and went on a visit and they checked my grades and everything. Coach (Pete) Lembo said he thinks I would fit in well I their system and with their players and then he offered me."

Bailey has ties to Ball State and he also has built a solid relationship with the staff.

"It's a beautiful campus and both of my parents went there so there's a history of BSU in my family," Bailey said. "I get along really well with the coaches, I talk often with (Ball State offensive line) Coach (John) Strollo and we have built a pretty good relationship."

Aside from his visit and offer from the Cardinals, Bailey has also visited Indiana, Western Kentucky and Marshall. He has also been contacted by Miami (OH), Purdue, Columbia and Northwestern.

With recruiting ramping up from Bailey, is still in the midst of his junior season with Castle.

"We are 5-4 right now but our record definitely doesn't reflect the talent of our team," Bailey said. "We have played one of the toughest schedules in all of 5A (Indiana's second largest class), barely lost close games to two #1 teams in their classes. We do have a big sectional game this week against Evansville North. We beat them in the regular season, but we can't overlook that because it's hard to beat the same team twice."

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