Bailey: Navy a prestigious institution

Rahn Bailey has seen his recruiting take off after an initial offer from Kansas this spring. The 6-foot-3, 226-pound defensive end/outside linebacker out of Clear Falls High School in League City, Texas is now up to six D-1 offers, his latest from the Naval Academy. He spoke to on his status.

"The Navy offer just came in a couple of weeks ago even though I've been talking with Coach O'Rourke since February. I was kind of expecting it but it caught me by surprise at the same time when I got it. They like me at outside linebacker. Coach O'Rourke told me he felt like I could really excel playing outside linebacker there. He was telling me that likes how I get after the quarterback and that I would be dropping back to cover a lot more than I do in high school.

"Navy is a really prestigious institution. The academics are on par with the Ivy League schools but you get to play D-1 football and the there's the military part. Coach O'Rourke explained to me that when you make the commitment it's a real commitment so I'm in the process of really looking at it hard. My cousin, Lyle Beloney, played for Army. He was telling me how big a commitment it is and how great the Navy-Army game is to play in. We also have a family friend who played at Air Force. Basically, I think if they could do it, so could I."

In addition to Kansas and Navy, Bailey hold offers from Bowling Green, Nevada, Wake Forest, and Wisconsin. Bailey says he's still keeping his eyes open.

"I'm going to try to make visits to all of the schools I have offers from this summer, well I don't know yet about Nevada," he said. "I want to go to Annapolis sometime in June. My parents made a visit there without me and they loved it.

"Right now it's about finding the right environment. I want to find one I'll be comfortable in for the next four-five years of my life. I want to go see the campus and see how well I get along with the coaches, the players, the students. I'll probably wait on a decision so I can take my official visits to see how it is on campus on a daily basis."

At Clear Falls, Bailey plays a stand-up defensive end for the Knights. He recorded 59 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, 12 sacks, 10 quarterback hurries, an inception, and two forced fumbles on the 2013 season. Bailey was named first team All-District and All-County, second team All-State, and third team All-Region in the Greater Houston area as a junior. Top Stories