Dailey Fuels Team's Success

In his first season as head coach at Washington high school (Massillon, Ohio), Tom Stacy directed his team to the state championship game. Without the efforts from standouts like Andrew Dailey, the Tigers season would not have been as successful.

Notre Dame recently held it's first junior day for the 2007 recruiting class and Andrew Daily (6-2, 220) was one of the players in attendance. Irish Eyes spoke with Washington high school's head coach to get his impressions of Dailey.

"He's got good size," coach Stacy said of Dailey. "He played safety and wide receiver, although I think he's going to be an outside linebacker. He's got good speed, I'd say low 4.5 forty. He's got good strength and he's a good athlete. He plays basketball and baseball.

"We had a bunch of guys this year that really liked to play the game and he was one of them. That was really the reason we had the success that we had."

"He does a lot of things for us," coach Stacy said of Dailey's versatility. "He's a special teams player. He blocked as couple punts. He makes plays. He made a big play in the state championship game where he caused a fumble and then scooped it up and ran 70 yards for a touchdown."

Stacy spent nine season coaching quarterbacks at the University of Akron as well as a year as the offensive coordinator at Ashland University, so he understands the difference between a good high school player and a player that has the ability to be a Division I athlete.

"I think we're all biased toward our players, but he just makes a lot of plays," coach Stacy said of Dailey's ability. "He's always around the ball. Whether it's on offense or defense, he makes big plays.

"He's very physical and just loves to play. Sometimes you get kids that look real good in pads, they test real fast, but they don't go out there and make plays. But he does that."

"He likes to practice," Stacy continued. "He likes to play, he likes to put the uniform on and get after people. At this day and age I think it's harder and harder to find guys like that."

Stacy knew that Dailey was a good player during the initial practices of the 2005 season, but it was during the team's sixth game of the season that validated the coach's impressions of Andrew.

"I think when we played St. Ignatius in Cleveland," Stacy replied when asked when he knew Dailey was a special player. "He played a good game on both sides of the ball.

"He really stood out against some good competition. They have a couple guys that are going to Notre Dame (Robby Parris and John Ryan). They're always well coached with Chuck Kyle. I knew when he was making plays against a team like that, that he was pretty special."

Dailey doesn't have any scholarship offers, but Stacy has been busy collecting all of Dailey's recruiting mail.

"He went to Notre Dame Saturday," coach Stacy said of the teams recruiting Dailey. "Then he went to Ohio State on Sunday when they played Michigan State in basketball. Michigan is another team. Today he got mail from Florida State, Miami, Kansas, Georgia Tech, Iowa, and Boston College. He's getting a lot of mail.

"Rob Ianello was in during the fall and inquired about Andrew," Stacy said of Notre Dame's recruiting coordinator. "I knew Rob from when he was at Wisconsin. So they are aware of him. I'm sure they will try to get him up to camp."

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