2014 recruit: LeMarkus Bailey

Hillgrove (Powder Springs, Ga.) defensive back LeMarkus Bailey had his eyes set on an offer from East Carolina. He finally got it and Inside ECU Sports spoke with him about it.

2014 Hillgrove (Ga.) defensive back LeMarkus Bailey got his prized offer from ECU after his junior season. The Pirates were Bailey's number one choice and he was ready to commit in June, only to find out it wasn't a possibility.

"It was (outside linebackers) coach Duane Price who offered me," the 5-foot-11 180 pound Bailey said. "I was about to commit a month ago, but was told I couldn't. They already have the defensive back spots for 2014 class filled. The only way I could (commit) is if someone de-commits, I'm not a fan of the walk-on process."

The news came as an unpleasant surprise to Bailey who had his mind set on joining the Pirates.

"After one of my former teammates Travon Simmons committed to ECU last year I was set," he said. "That was the biggest reasons I wanted to go there, he's a good friend of mine. When he told me, I planned on committing when I got my offer, but I waited too long. I didn't want to rush things, but in hindsight I should have went ahead and done it."

Bailey was ready to commit to ECU without ever visiting campus.

Other schools who've offered Bailey are UNC Charlotte, Elon, Furman, Kennesaw State, Middle Tennessee State and Troy. With that being said, other schools have shown interest in this defensive back, including two of ECU's current Conference USA rivals.

"Southern Mississippi, Marshall, Georgia Southern, and Iowa are still showing interest," he said. "Georgia Tech and N.C. State have also been in contact with me. The schools that are recruiting me heaviest are Southern Mississippi and Marshall."

As far as the rest of summer goes, Bailey was planning on making his way out to Marshall for a visit. However, he may not get a chance to take any more visits as his schedule gets more hectic toward the fall.

Bailey played multiple positions last season. The Pirates have told him where they'd like him to play if he gets a chance to commit.

"They wanted me at safety," he said. "I played free and strong safety for my school; I also played outside linebacker, both corner positions and was our nickel corner. This year they haven't declared a position for me yet. I really like safety because I can make plays on the pass and the run. I also like cornerback because I like ‘the island' feeling I get when I'm out there and teams don't want to throw to my side."

With ECU turning him away, Bailey has his eyes set on other Conference USA teams, including some new faces in the conference.

"I really want Marshall to offer," Bailey said. "I would commit to them if they offered me. Right now I like UNC Charlotte, but will only commit if my teammates who have offers from there do as well. They're a new school, but them joining Conference USA is a plus. I like Troy's facilities and their schedule, but I don't like the Sun Belt Conference that much. I also like Middle Tennessee State, as far as competition they'd be better than Troy."

Bailey will commit to a school before his first game of his senior season August 30.

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