Bailey: "It Was Like A Big Family"

Pearl River (MS) Comm. College defensive tackle Drew Bailey talks about his official visit to NC State.

After two seasons on the sidelines, Pearl River (MS) Comm. College defensive tackle Drew Bailey made the most of his return to the field in 2014. He finished the season tied for the most sacks by a junior college defensive lineman in Mississippi with 10. He also collected 22 tackles.

At 6-5 and 280 pounds, Bailey was measured with a 6'8" wingspan at NC State. His emergence this year on the field and physical potential has helped Bailey land offers from Fresno State, Maryland and NC State.

With his season now over, Bailey has turned his attention towards recruiting. The Wolfpack was a late entry and had to scramble to fit in an official visit since Bailey hopes to make a decision around mid-December. He arrived in Raleigh last Monday and departed on Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Bailey gave Pack Pride a breakdown on the trip.

"That was my first official visit and it was very, very good," he said. "I toured the campus. I was around my energetic defensive line coach, coach Nielsen. I had a great experience. I watched the guys practice two days in a row. I was in the defensive line meetings. I spent some time with the defensive linemen. We went bowling and just ate all the time. We ate real good.

"It was a nice visit. Coach Doeren and coach Nielsen were just telling me that now when I go on my visits I have something to compare them with."

Bailey has visits scheduled with Fresno State (11/28), Maryland (12/5), and Louisville (12/12).

"I'm going to compare it and make the best decision," he said. "I feel comfortable with the schools where I'm at. I just want to see how everything is going."

Bailey added that he had an opportunity to spend some time with coach Doeren before he left but overall, he came away impressed with the family-type atmosphere displayed by the entire organization.

"I had a long talk with coach Doeren in his office, and he has three sons and he's big on family also," said Bailey. "I come from a big family. He was just asking me questions about my family and it's close to home also. My mom stays in Atlanta and my dad stays in Florida. So it's nothing for them to come up to one of my games.

"He was also asking me if I was a team player. I have a lot of experience in that defense they run. I ran that in high school. Everyone just had a very good attitude... from the equipment managers to the running back's coach to the GA's. It was like a big family up there. Everyone knew who I was and was talking to me."

NC State loses a couple of starters in T.Y. McGill and Thomas Teal. Bailey said those openings were something NC State really pushed.

"They were pushing that very strong," he said. "They told me nothing is guaranteed. You have to work for what you want. If you work hard then you get rewarded. You know, they're losing a lot of guys."

Bailey was hosted on his visit by Mike Rose and Deshaywn Middleton. He is being recruited by defensive line coach Ryan Nielsen.

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