Offer Comes Early

Dion Bailey and Charlie Weis missed each other on Friday, but the Irish head coach was able to talk to Bailey's coach at Lakewood (Calif.) High.

"He told him that he likes me, but I need to have another good semester in school," Dion Bailey said.

"That's now my number-one priority."

Weis likes the 6-foot-1, 195-pound Bailey so much, that late last week, he mailed out a signed scholarship offer to the standout safety. Bailey received it on Saturday, giving him nine total early in the recruiting process.

"I was happy because I didn't think I would get one, because they told me they wanted to see me first," Bailey explained. He's been keeping in regular touch with Notre Dame assistant coach Brian Polian. "But then my coach called me and told me I got the offer."

With a 3.3 GPA, Bailey would like to major in business, marketing or sports medicine. He was impressed that despite his good academic background, Weis still wants to see more production.

"He just said that because Notre Dame is such a competitive academic school, so I have to have another good semester so I can get in there, if I were to go," Bailey said.

Besides Notre Dame, Bailey also has scholarship offers from Oklahoma, UCLA, Nebraska, Arizona, Arizona State, Washington, Washington St., and SMU. He is also hearing from LSU and Tennessee, and plans to make a decision before the start of his senior season.

Bailey is looking to visit Notre Dame for the first time this summer.

"I know Notre Dame is one place I'm going to see because they're going to be in my top five, and Oklahoma, but I'm not sure about any other trips."

As a junior, Bailey helped lead Lakewood to an 11-2 record and a spot in the state semifinals, by racking up 72 tackles and nine interceptions. He's been intrigued by the Irish program for quite awhile, and is expecting Polian to be by his school sometime in the next couple of weeks.

"Because it's a great academic school, football town, everybody loves Notre Dame," Bailey said. "Great football tradition, and it's a program on the rise, trying to get the program back to what it used to be. It's not on the low right now, they won a bowl game this past year, but they're trying to get back to a National Championship team.

With one more good semester in the classroom, perhaps Bailey will choose to be a part of it. He will try and get in touch with Weis on Monday. Top Stories