Notre Dame Is Looking At Bailey

Following his sophomore football season, one of the first pieces of college literature Dion Bailey received, was from Notre Dame.

"I was thinking that hopefully they'll keep coming, and an offer will come from them later on," the Lakewood (Calif.) High safety said.

Many other college programs have followed suit, and heading into the final semester of Dion Bailey's junior year, the talented defensive back is up to nine scholarship offers. Washington, Washington State, Arizona State, Arizona, Boise State, SMU, Nebraska, Oregon State and UCLA have stepped to the table with a full-ride.

As far as Notre Dame goes, the letters now come everyday for the 6-foot-1, 195-pound Bailey. Since the Irish coaching staff was one of the first ones to notice him, Bailey said he'll always have the program on his mind. He also keeps in touch with assistant coach Brian Polian at least once every other week over the phone.

"He's a cool guy," Bailey said.

"He says that they like me, but they want to see me before they make anything final or anything like that."

Bailey should know soon if he passes Notre Dame's eyeball test.

"He's supposed to be coming down for one of my spring practices, but that doesn't start until May," Bailey said of Polian.

Bailey heads into spring football coming off of an outstanding junior season. In helping lead Lakewood to an 11-2 record and a spot in the state semifinals, Bailey racked up 72 tackles and nine interceptions.

Soon after the season, Bailey found himself getting much more than mail from the Irish program. He got a chance to get on the phone with Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis.

"He said that they're going to keep their eyes out for me," Bailey said.

"I like the tradition that Notre Dame has, and just that they have a successful football program."

Bailey has taken visits to USC and San Diego State. This month he has plans to see Washington, Washington State and SMU. This summer, he has plans to take in Notre Dame for the first time with his coach and teammate Kevin Anderson, a receiver prospect the Irish staff is also keeping an eye on.

Bailey's father Harold played football at Purdue. Now an engineer, he spends more time making sure his son keeps his grades up and stay humble, than talking to him about recruiting. The younger Bailey has a 3.3 GPA, and would like to major in business, marketing or sports medicine. He say a decision likely won't come until after his senior season.

"Somewhere that has a great college atmosphere, and that I have a chance to make an impact when I come in as a freshman," Bailey said of what he's looking for in a school. Top Stories