Chad Bailey recently released his top five schools and Indiana made the cut for the standout from Missouri City (TX) Ridge Point H.S. Peegs.com spoke with the 6-foot, 238-pound linebacker about why he likes the Hoosiers, and what he is looking for in a school.
Bailey said Indiana is one of his top five schools because of the relationship he has been able to build with the coaches that are recruiting him.
“It’s a great staff and I see them building up in the future and being a good team in the next year or two,” he said when asked what stands out for him about IU. “Coach (Tom) Allen is a great head coach, and I like Coach (Noah) Joseph and Coach (William) Inge as well. I just really like their staff. They won me over with their personality and that is a big thing because I want to have a good relationship with the coaches. I think that will help me become a better player. They are just real cool guys that are down-to-earth. I can talk to them about anything.”
The Hoosiers are recruiting Bailey to play the same linebacker spot that is currently manned by All-American Tegray Scales.
“They said I would play a position called Stinger linebacker, which does pretty much everything for the team like covering and making a lot of tackles,” he said about where the IU coaches see him playing. “The linebacker they have at that spot (Tegray Scales) led the team in tackles and they think I could be the next him. I think I would fit in their defense really well.”
Bailey has offers from Indiana, Colorado, Mississippi, Missouri, Texas Tech, Minnesota, Purdue, Kansas, Colorado State, Houston, New Mexico, SMU, Texas-San Antonio and Southeastern Louisiana. He has narrowed his list down to IU, Colorado, Ole Miss, Missouri and Texas Tech. Finding a school where he has a strong bond with both the coaches and players will be key for him.
“Academics will be important for me,” Bailey said. “I don’t know what I want to major in, but that will be a big thing. I am also looking for coaches that I know I can go to for anything. I want a team that has a chance to compete for championships, and I want to be around players that I feel comfortable with.”
If the talented prospect does choose the Hoosiers he will see a familiar face in the IU locker room in defensive back Jameel Cook.
“There is a guy by the name of Jameel Cook that plays there,” Bailey said. “He told me that I could come in and play right away, and he thinks I would be a good fit in the Big Ten. He has been recruiting me pretty hard to go there.”
Bailey and his Ridge Point teammates had an outstanding defense last fall, and he expects them to be even better in 2017.
“Last year we went undefeated in the regular season and we had the number one defense in the state, but we lost in the second round of the playoffs,” he said about his junior year. “We only lost two players on defense so we should be good again. We’re going to have a great season, I can promise you that.”
Bailey, who plans on making a decision sometime during his senior season, already knows which school will get his first official visit.
“I haven’t taken a visit yet to see what Bloomington is like, but they will be my first official visit,” the Texas native said.
Last fall as a junior Bailey recorded 99 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, five sacks, four QB hurries, three pass break-ups, three forced fumbles, two interceptions and two fumble recoveries.