"It was great! I was the only one there, so I got a lot of attention," said Bailey. "I spent a lot of quality time with my host, Alec Ablen, and the coaching staff. I had been there before and saw pretty much everything, but this time I got to spend a lot of time with the academic side of things, which was important to me. I also god to eat a lot of great food, which was really nice."
Bailey had told me previously that his twin brother Ben would accompany him on the trip for a visit in the hopes of earning a Missouri scholarship.
"Ben committed to SIU-C a couple of days before the visit, so he stayed home. It was a great fit for him there and he is very happy. My parents will likely take turns attending whoever is playing a home game that week's game."
While the Tiger coaches did not talk specifically where Sam would start at out once he arrived, he felt it would be somewhere along the offensive line based on his time spent with O-line coach Bruce Walker.
During his high school career, Sam Bailey has excelled on the defensive line for his multiple state championship winning teams. So, I asked him if he had given much thought to playing D-line or if it had been talked about with Mizzou coaches?
"I would love the chance to start out at defensive end. I have always liked defense a little more because you get to hit people and I have felt really comfortable there. However, I will do whatever the coaches feel is best for me and help the team in any way I can," he said.
In the end, Bailey said that the official visit confirmed what he already knew about Missouri.
"The visit really made me realize what a great opportunity I have and how Mizzou is the right choice for me."
Sam Bailey informed me that he will arrive at Missouri in June to begin taking summer courses.