Now nearing double digit scholarship offers, 2016 Jacksonville (Fla.) Raines defensive end JaQuan Bailey is entering a critical stage in his recruiting process.
Standing 6-foot-3, 240-pounds, Bailey is coming off a strong junior season where he says his hands and quickness of the ball took a big leap.
One school appearing to be on the verge of engaging further with Bailey is Michigan, now led by head coach Jim Harbaugh.
“I know the head coach Jim Harbaugh just followed me and the defensive coordinator did too,” Bailey said. “Usually that’s a good sign and I’ve gotten offered by schools that have done that.”
“I’m interested in them but I don’t really know too much about them at this point,” added Bailey.
Although Bailey hopes to learn more about what Michigan’s plan will be under Harbaugh and the new coaching staff, the Florida native does already have some familiarity with the program, growing up a fan of the Wolverines.
“I’m actually in love with Michigan,” Bailey said. “My second grade teacher gave me a hat and a shirt and I wore it under my jersey during every pop warner game. I actually still have it cause I gave it to my nephew.”
Closely following the NFL, Bailey’s favorite player also played for Harbaugh with the San Francisco 49ers.
“Aldon Smith is actually my favorite player and I’m a huge fan of Jim Harbaugh,” Bailey said.
With distance from home not being an issue according to Bailey, the currently unranked pass rusher is looking for a strong bond at the next level.
“I’m actually looking for a brotherhood and looking for a very good education and a very good coaching staff,” he said.