Notre Dame made a move at the beginning of May and sent a scholarship offer to Dion Bailey (6-foot-1, 195-pounds). In addition to Notre Dame, Bailey holds scholarship offers from Oklahoma, UCLA, Colorado, Nebraska, Arizona, Arizona State, Cal, Oregon, Oregon State, Washington and Washington State.
"At the end of our spring practice my coach and I are going to sit down and narrow everything down to five schools," the standout safety explained. "We're going to visit the far schools during the summer. Then by mid-summer or the beginning of the season, I'm sure I'll have my mind made up on where I'm going. I definitely want to have it made before the beginning of my season.
"I've been up to UCLA. We've been up to Washington and we're going to go up again on June 7th. Washington was the first off that I had. If I decide to go there I know I'll definitely have a home there, so I'll always keep them in mind.
"I'm going to take a trip out to Tennessee," he said. "I think highly of them and they're toward the top of my list. It's big-time football. You're playing in the SEC, some of the best football in the country. If you make it at Tennessee, they send half their players to the NFL.
"I'm going to take a trip to see Oklahoma. Oklahoma, that's primetime football. It really doesn't get any better than that. They either compete or have a chance to compete for the national championship every year. Their games are always televised; they play against Texas and I've always wanted to play against Texas, ever since I was a little kid."
Bailey will also make one more trip, which will make the coaches at Notre Dame happy.
"I don't know if I'll take an official [to Notre Dame], but I know that I'm going to take an unofficial there," Bailey admitted. "At Notre Dame, they have great tradition, a great football program, and coach Weis is there. He has a lot of coaching experience and notoriety. The education is great. If you go there and decide that you don't want to play football for the rest of your life, that degree will take you anywhere you want to go in this country.
"My dad is from Chicago so he knows about the area. He actually graduated from Purdue, so he knows about Indiana and the Irish. I want to see how it is and if I like it. My dad talks to me all the time that you don't go to school for the athletics. He always stresses the education.