Clarksdale defender could be a candidate for the Bulldogs' Viper position

Mississippi State hosted its' annual Big Dawg camp this past Friday. One of the more intriguing prospects in attendance was Clarksdale, Mississippi linebacker Cordarrius Bailey. The explosive linebacker could play a number of positions in Starkville, so he was able to work with a pair of Bulldog coaches during the position drills.

"It went great. I had so much fun," Cordarrius Bailey said. "We ate, we did a lot of drills and just had fun with all of the coaches. I learned a lot and I feel like I got better."

Bailey is a bit of a tweener who could play linebacker in some sets or line up as a defensive end. With the multiple fronts expected to be employed by the Bulldogs this fall, Bailey's versatility makes him  prospect of interest.

The former Lincoln High (NE) star was able to get to know Bulldog defensive coordinator Peter Sirmon better during the events of Friday evening.

"I like Coach Sirmon a lot," Bailey says. "He talks a lot about staying lateral and closing out. He wants you to have fun, while doing everything. He's a great coach."

Before the evening was over, Bailey was able to get some feedback from Mississippi State defensive line coach Brian Baker. While not the prototypical size for a defensive end, Bailey can provide some explosive pass rush off of the edge.

"Coach Baker said that I am a high skilled defensive end," Bailey said. "He said I am the kind of guy that can come off of the edge and make plays. He said I can play both defensive end and linebacker in college. It doesn't really matter to me. Wherever the coaches feel like I fit is where I would want to play."

The Bulldogs have not pushed for a commitment just yet, but Bailey reports that he holds Mississippi State in high regard as he considers his college options.

"I love the environment here," Bailey said of Starkville. "I love the coaching staff and I think I would love playing here. I am not ready to commit or anything. I am still taking my time with everything."

With his final summer camping trip over and fall practice looming, the talented Bailey is eager to get to work and help the Wildcats of Clarksdale High chase a state title.

"I don't have anything else planned right now," Bailey said. "I am just getting ready for the season now. I'm excited about and ready to get started. I think we have the chance to have a great season."

The 2016 season will be the first for Bailey as a member of the Clarksdale High program. Despite being a native of the Mississippi Delta, Bailey played the first years of his high school career in Lincoln, Nebraska. This fall, Bailey is expected to play on both sides of the ball serving double duty as a defensive end and tight end for Coach Henry Johnson.

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