Coogs pull even with Southern Miss

Northwest Rankin High School (MS) offensive lineman Cory Bailey is making the jump from Mississippi private school ball to 5A public school football. Several schools are interested in seeing how he handles the transition. Two schools have already seen enough to offer Bailey and those two sit atop his list of favorites.

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Bailey played last season for Brookhaven Academy and his work on the gridiron was impressive enough for Southern Mississippi and Houston to extend scholarship offers.

"Houston offered earlier this summer," said Bailey. I went on an unofficial visit to Houston and got to speak with Coach Clements, their offensive line coach, and look at the facilities. I was very impressed.

Bailey has not spent the summer resting on his laurels. The talented lineman spent several weekends on the summer camp circuit. Cory made stops at Alabama, LSU, Mississippi State and Southern Miss.

With two offers in hand, Cory thinks that a couple of other schools may soon throw their hat in the ring.

"Misssissippi State wants to see me play 5A ball before they decide on offering me. I am not sure how that is going to work out since they have so many commitments. They just got two new offensive line commits," said Bailey. "Louisville and Marshall are also staying in touch with me."

As far as Bailey's two favorites go, he likes different things about each school.

"I like the fact that Southern Miss is close to home. I know a lot of people there and I would have the chance to play early," said Cory. "I really like Houston's campus. It's not right there in the middle of things, but it's close enough. I spoke with one of the academic advisors there and it would not take as long to get my degree there as it would at Southern."

Cory says he had expected to make a decision sometime during the middle of the season, but that could change.

Geography may play a factor in his decision, but more than anything else Bailey wants to find a place where he is happy.

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