For the past four years, Cordarrius Bailey has lived in Lincoln, Nebraska. As a middle linebacker for Coach Mark Macke, Bailey recorded 77 total tackles and six sacks during his junior campaign for the Links. Following the fall semester, Bailey made the decision to move home to his native Clarksdale, Mississippi. He enrolled at Clarksdale High in January.
"I made some good friends in Nebraska, but I am glad to be home in Mississippi again," Bailey said. "I am looking forward to playing some Mississippi ball and having the chance to do something good for the city."
Bailey currently holds offers from Alcorn State, Iowa State, Jackson State, Louisville, Memphis, Mississippi State, Samford, Southern Miss and Troy among others. Alabama, Nebraska and Ole Miss lead a list of other interested schools who have not offered.
The most recent offer for Bailey came from Coach Dan Mullen's Bulldogs of Mississippi State. The talented linebacker reports that the tender from the good folks in Starkville was extremely well received.
"I talked with Coach Brian Baker and he told me that they were offering me," Bailey said. "He told me that they wanted to get me over there to meet all of the coaches and that they really wanted me to be a part of their program. I was really glad that they offered me. That was one of the offers I was hoping to get."
At 6-4, 245, Bailey may have some options position wise on the next level. Some programs appear to be favor a situation where Bailey lines up at defensive end, while others project him as an outside linebacker. Mississippi State appears to be wooing the home state product to join Coach Peter Sirmon's personnel group.
"Coach Baker said that they want me to come in there and play outside linebacker," Bailey explained. "I can play either one. It doesn't really matter to me. I enjoy playing linebacker, but if I need to play defensive end to get on the field, then I am okay with that too."
Mississippi State has had a strong run at Clarksdale High School in recent years. In fact, the Bulldogs currently have two former Wildcats on their roster, J.T. Gray and Elgton Jenkins. Bailey has personal connections with both players, but reports that he will go through the process and make his own decision.
"I am not planning to make a decision yet," Bailey said. "Right now, I am planning on waiting until after the season to make my decision. I am still hearing from a lot of schools and I am waiting to see what all of my offers are going to be. I am going to take my time and then make up my mind when the time is right."