With 14 offers on the proverbial table, Chad Bailey decided to reveal which programs are standing out at this stage of the recruiting process on Saturday: Colorado, Indiana, Missouri, Ole Miss and Texas Tech.
"I had a few offers, and then it seemed like it was slowing down a little bit, so I decided to focus on the schools that offered me," he said. "But if somebody else comes through after the season, then I'll consider them too if I really like the school."
Bailey shared his thoughts on each of the five schools with Inside the Red Raiders, which is part of the Scout.com network.
Texas Tech: "At first, I didn't like Tech. The way they play their middle linebackers, I'll be covering passers, but I'll be making a lot of run plays too."
Ole Miss: "It's really the coaching staff that's got me. Coach Peveto, and then the head coach, Coach Freeze is a cool dude. Coach Peveto is a good linebackers coach."
Indiana: "Indiana is basically the same thing, with the coaches. I like Coach Allen. Coach Joseph and Coach Inge. They talk to me every day and tell me a lot of things."
Colorado: "I really want to go visit. They say Colorado is a beautiful place, so I put them in the top five. I want to go up and see if I like it up there."
Missouri: "With Mizzou, we just had a dude from my school, his name is Terry Petry, that's like my brother. He just went to Mizzou. It would be great to play with him. Coach Carson is a good dude, the linebackers coach, he just came from TCU."
Bailey filled up the stat sheet both as a sophomore and junior at Missouri City (Texas) Ridge Point, recording a total of 219 tackles, 39 tackles for a loss, 10 sacks and 10 fumble involvements in 2015 and 2016.
"Bailey is an aggressive, athletic linebacker prospect," Scout.com recruiting analyst Gabe Brooks wrote. "He excels at playing downhill, flashes impressive closing speed, as well as initial burst off the ball. Those traits make Bailey a dangerous pass-rusher. He lacks prototypical size for traditional 3-4 outside linebackers, but plays the position naturally well.
"Bailey shows the ability to avoid cut blocks on the edge to make plays. He holds his own against larger tackles as a pass-rusher and against the run. Occasionally he will over-pursue, but aggression and athleticism are his game."