Allen Bailey (6-3, 255-pounds) is very similar to Micah Johnson of the 2006 recruiting class in that he is a big kid, but he is also a fantastic athlete at his size. Bailey would like to play linebacker in college, but where he decides to play is still up in the air.
Notre Dame certainly could use a player like Bailey on defense, but at this time it doesn't appear as if the Irish are pursuing Bailey heavily.
"I don't think so," Bailey responded when asked if Notre Dame has offered him a scholarship. "They send me something every week or so.
"I have about seven or eight [offers], Miami, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Auburn, Florida State and Clemson. My coach might not have told me about all of them."
At Allen's size and athletic ability he could play several positions on defense. He also plays full back on offense.
"I play there because me team needs me," Bailey explained. "But I want to play defense, linebacker."
There is no doubt that Bailey can get around as a linebacker, but a number of colleges would like to see him put his hand down at the next level.
"Not everybody, some at [defensive] end," Bailey responded when asked if he was being recruited at linebacker.
Even if the Irish picked up the recruiting pace to match the other schools that are interested in Bailey, it will probably be a tough sell for the Irish staff.
"I don't know," Bailey replied when asked if he'd be interested in playing at Notre Dame. "It's kind of far from where I'm at and I'm not looking that far."