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As David Bailey travels to different schools, he is learning the nuances of programs will likely be what turns his recruitment in a specific direction.
So when the Ridgely (Md.) North Caroline running back visited and was offered by Rutgers on Saturday, he was paying attention to the little things.
He already made trips to Syracuse and Virginia and he is planning to visit Boston College -- all three schools also offered -- but it was the question and answer segment with players at Rutgers that grabbed his attention.
"We got to ask them questions, and they talked about how it is different now (in college)," the 6-foot-1, 220-pound Bailey said. "They told us we should take a lot of AP (advanced placement) classes so we can prepare, and study real hard. They said to study the playbook real hard because the thing about transitioning to college football is the mental and physical part.
"Mentally, they said you have to know the plays, and the surroundings with what is going on around you, and physically, you can't do the same things you did in high school, like running over everybody. You have to actually read everything."
The trip also allowed Bailey to meet the coaching staff and sit and talk with coach Chris Ash and running backs coach Lester Erb.
"They have a new running backs coach, and they are trying to build a team," Bailey said. "I know they have a nice program (building). I didn't know too much about them until junior day, and then I got to sit down with the head coach and he was talking about life and everything."
Bailey made a visit to Syracuse in the summer, and remains in contact with the coaching staff. He likes what coach Dino Babers is building, and the offense is exciting.
"They have a lot of players returning, and as I am sitting here, I think their program is really going to come up," he said. "They have a new coaching staff and they have a fast-paced offense, so with their offense and the weapons they have, I think they will do great things down the road."
Bailey also likes the feel of Syracuse's campus.
"It's real nice up there," he said. "It's not too big. Everything is around. Also, the buses for your classes, they run 24 hours so they will take you around. It's not far, it's not big, and it's just right. The people around there love you and you feel like you're not alone."
Virginia paid Bailey special attention during the winter visit period, and his trip to campus gave him a strong feeling about the program.
"When I went up there, everybody loved each other, everybody was real close to each other," Bailey said. "The coaching staff, they tell you that they love you and everyone is family up there, but they are also going to coach you real hard and that's what I love about them.
"I was walking around and I loved it there. Most of the colleges I went to, the coaching staffs are mostly the same, but there are little different things that stand out. I like all the ones that offered so far."