Hilliard (Ohio) Davidson linebacker Markus Bailey is on the Michigan State radar and the class of 2015 recruit visited East Lansing on Saturday.
"I really liked Michigan State after watching them play Ohio State and Stanford in the Rose Bowl," he said. "I love the way play defense, but then after the visit, I'm interested more especially after seeing the campus more and seeing the weight room and the strength and conditioning coach, Coach Mannie. I really liked him and really liked what he had to say about lifting and the weight room was big. I'm really into that kind of stuff."
The biggest thing for the 6-foot-1, 210-pound Bailey is his relationship with his recruiter, linebackers coach Mike Tressel.
"He's been recruiting me for a while and he's a really cool dude," Bailey said. "He's really easy to talk to. He's probably one of my favorite coaches that has been recruiting me so far.
"Hopefully, I might be able to get an offer or something. Right now, I'm just going to keep working for it."
Bailey, who holds offers from Pitt, Boston College, Illinois, Indiana and Northwestern, said he has been told he just needs to convince the coaches more on his size and speed before an offer could come.
"Coach Tressel has talked to me about an offer saying that he is trying to pull for me a little bit when they have their coaches' meetings," he said.
Bailey's other junior day visit he has taken so far was to Northwestern in January.
"I love their academics," he said. "Then I spent the night with the players and got more comfortable with the players and everything like that. Their weight room technology was good and they are getting a new facility, too. That will be really cool."
Up next is a possible visit to Indiana, depending on the weather – and convincing his mother to drive to Bloomington after the trip to East Lansing.
"She just drove to Michigan and back in that weather, so I don't know if she will want to get on the road again this weekend," he said. "I don't have any other ones scheduled right now, but I know I'm going to take a visit to Pitt. I will probably visit Ohio State for a spring practice. Boston College, maybe."
Bailey said he plans to camp in East Lansing this summer, as he did last summer. He also hopes to be back on campus in the near future.
"I am definitely going to come back soon," he said. "I want to see a spring practice, too, so I will be back up to Michigan State within the next couple weeks."