Clarksdale standout has Mississippi State as one of his top schools.

Mississippi State will host many of its' top targets for the 2017 signing class this Friday Night as the annual Big Dawg camp takes place under the lights of Davis Wade Stadium. One in state product who hopes to attend is linebacker prospect Cordarrius Bailey. Bailey projects as a "Viper" in the new Bulldog defensive alignment, so he expects to see both Brian Baker and Peter Sirmon during Friday night's drills.

"I have been invited to go to the Big Dawg camp," Cordarrius Bailey said. "I am waiting to see what my mama is talking about. I am not sure what their plans are for this week, but I am planning on going. I just need to get with my parents and see how everything is going to go."

Mississippi State was one of the first programs to offer Bailey a scholarship after he made the move home to Clarksdale, Mississippi after spending most of his high school career at Lincoln High School (NE). The move brought him back to his roots and back to some familiar faces.

"It is good to be back home," Bailey said. "It is good to have the chance to play my final year in high school with a lot of the coaches that taught me the game when I was growing up. I am excited about the season. Our goal is to win the state championship. I feel like we have the coaches and the players to do that."

Bailey seems born to play in the 3-4 alignment as player versatile enough to play in both a two point and three point stance. As a Clarksdale High Wildcat, the three star talent is hopeful that he can make a contribution on both sides of the ball.

"Coach has been talking about playing me as a linebacker and some at tight end," Bailey said. "I just want to help the team and I would like to have the ball in my hands sometimes. I feel like we have a chance to have a good year, so I just want to be able to help the team as much as possible."

When his career at CHS is done, Bailey will be making the move on the college level. A handful of schools appear to be making him a priority as the countdown to fall camp begins.

"I am hearing a lot from Mississippi State, Iowa State Colorado State and Tulane," Bailey said. "There are a few other schools, but those are the main ones that stay in contact with me. I am pretty much interested in all of them too. 

"I don't really have a number one school right now. I want to see how things go and then I am going to make my decision during the season. I really want to commit during the season and then get that over with."

Like all prospects, Bailey is looking for the right fit academically, athletically and socially.

"I am looking for a family type atmosphere," Bailey said. "I just want to take my time and be sure that I find the right place for me. I have to think about everything and not just football."

Bailey currently holds over a dozen scholarships including tenders from Colorado State, Iowa State, Louisville, Memphis, Southern Miss, Troy and Tulane. At 6-4, 215 pounds, Bailey projects as a defensive player with most of his options coming as either a defensive end or outside linebacker.

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