After graduating from Sanderson High School in North Carolina, Bailey moved across the country to enroll at Pasadena City College. Life in the Golden State has treated him well.
Bailey won team MVP honors at P.C.C. after leading the team in tackles and sacks as a true freshman. He earned Southern California Football Association Defensive Player of the Week honors three times.
“I just compete,” Bailey said when asked what his best attribute is between the lines. “I am trying to improve on my footwork and getting off the ball quicker this off-season.”
P.C.C. will be running a 3-4 scheme this year and Bailey expects to play both nose tackle and defensive end during his sophomore campaign.
On pace to be a mid-year transfer in 2018 with three years to play two, Bailey now has offers from Colorado, Colorado State and Kansas. He has also been drawing interest from Louisville, among others.
"It has been a great experience," he said of recruiting. "I knew I was good, but I never thought it would be like this. I kind of want to wait it out, enjoy the process and see what I can get."
Defensive coordinator and outside linebackers coach DJ Eliot is the lead recruiter for Bailey from the Buffaloes' staff. Eliot is trying to convince him to take an unofficial visit to Boulder in June.
"I definitely think I want to do that," Bailey said. "That Colorado offer was a big offer because they have been on the rise the last few years now. They really broke through to becoming a good team last season.
"They said if I came to play for them, I could play inside or outside on their defensive line. They are talking to me about staying on top of my work in school, which I appreciate."
Bailey also has interest in checking out Fort Collins and Lawrence.
"Colorado State was my first offer after winter break. I like them a lot, too," he said. "Kansas has been sending me a bunch of mail. Kansas has probably been No. 1 in terms of the school that seems to want me the most."
Bailey said he came into the recruiting process with an open-mind and no dream school. He is studying Sociology.