Clovis North High School quarterback Brent Bailey wrapped up his senior season with 3,150 yards, 28 touchdowns and only five turnovers, and is now hoping to find a fit at the next level.
Bailey is receiving interest from Cal Poly, UC Davis and Central Washington, among several other schools. He plans on doing research and possible visits to find the right fit, but he’s holding out hope that he could have the opportunity to join fellow Clovis North quarterback Christian Rossi at Fresno State.
“Fresno State would obviously be a huge one,” Bailey said. “My dad went there, as well as my mom. My dad was actually a quarterback there. When you grow up in the Valley, you’re kind of born Bulldog bred.”
Both Brent and Jeff Bailey have kept a close eye on Fresno State’s change. Dad, Jeff Bailey, played for the Bulldogs in the early 1990’s when Tedford began his first stint with the ‘Dogs.
“[My dad has] kind of been quiet about it, letting things play out,” Brent Bailey said. “But obviously he’d want me to go there and I think, personally, it would be a good fit for me… I’m excited for it. It seems like we were due for a fresh start. I think Tedford will do an awesome job turning it around. Kind of knowing him, and my dad knowing him, it’s kind of exciting.”
Through a series of coaching changes at Clovis North during Bailey’s four years there, he has operated out of both the spread and pro-style offenses. He also credits his coaches and attending camps for his mechanics and footwork.
“I could really play anywhere at the next level - under center or in shotgun,” Bailey said. “Before at Clovis North we were all pro-style. Now this year we went into the spread and opened it up. Really I’m adjustable and can play anywhere.
“My JV year I was more of the scrambler, just scrambled around with the deep ball. This year I was able to improve on my short game. That really helped me… We ran a lot of [run-pass options] in the spread.”