I have mentioned many times how deep and talented the Missouri class of 2014 is with football talent. It has become apparent with prospects from the Show-Me state picking up offers from across the country and in every conference.
The latest prospect to help drive that point home is Class 2 powerhouse Lamar (MO) TE/DE/LS Sam Bailey 6'5" 245 4.9 forty – 450 pound squat, 345 pound power clean.
Bailey, who helped his team win the Class 2 state championship two years in a row, and already holds an offer from Army, picked up an offer from the Missouri Tigers on Sunday night.
"I just got off the phone with Coach Henson," said Bailey. ‘ It was a very good talk and he talked about how much they liked me as a player and said that they would like me to be a Tiger."
Bailey was pleased to hear the news, but had thought that one may be coming his way.
"I have spoken with Coach Henson a lot , and me and Ben (Bailey, his twin brother) have camped with Missouri. So. it's not a total surprise, but I am very happy. I love Missouri. They are close to home and they play in the SEC. I would love the chance to play against the best competition in the country. If they offered Ben too then we'd probably commit there soon."
Sam Bailey confessed that he doesn't really follow college football closely, but he is familiar with the Tigers program.
" I was at the Georgia game last year, and I have been up there and seen campus and know what their academics are like. It's a great school and football program. I know that a degree from Missouri would get me a great job anywhere in the country. I hope things work out and I can play there if things work out, "said Bailey.
One of the things to work out according to Sam would be for Missouri to offer his twin brother Ben 6'6" 235, who plays OG/DT at Lamar, and is being evaluated still by the Tigers.
"Ben and I would love to be able to go to the same school and continue to play together. Missouri's coaches have said that they want to see Ben in camp before extending an offer, so we are going to their camp in June, and hopefully, they offer Ben. That would make the decision much easier."
"Memphis seems like they might be next to offer. They have shown a lot of interest, and they are coming by school this week. We will be camping at Tulsa along with Mizzou, and we like Arkansas because a good friend of outs, Austin Boice. will be playing there," he said.
Sam is a true jack of all trades on the football field for Lamar. Besides playing TE and DE, where he recorded over 30 tackles and had 8 sacks as a junior, he is also one of the best long snappers around.
We spoke about where Mizzou and other schools seem to be recruiting him to play.
"Coach Henson and I didn't really talk about what position I would play, but I believe it is offensive line. I play TE at Lamar, but I only caught like three passes last year. I am primarily a blocker. I know at their camp last year, the Tiger coaches all told me how well I did snapping the ball along with blocking. I have played center before and could play there. I like the hitting aspect of playing defense and could play D-end or D-tackle. I would really play any where they wanted me to as long as they pay for my education. I just want to help the team wherever I am needed. The other schools haven't talked about a definite position either. Just as a linemen on either side of the ball, " Bailey said.
Besides his talents on the football field, Sam also excels on the basketball court and in track. He just won the Class 2 state championship in the discuss this weekend with a toss of 170 feet. He told me his personal record this season was of 177 feet at his schools invitational.
Sam spoke to me about what he felt his strengths were in football that he will bring to whatever college he chooses.
"I am a hard worker. I will work twice as hard as the guy I am competing against to be the best I can be. I love to compete and have competed against Ben my whole life. I will do whatever it takes and whatever is needed of me."
Proof of that was reflected in him being named first team All-State, All-District and All-Conference the past two seasons.
Sam Bailey told me that he would like to major in Engineering in college.