Massillon junior safety Andrew Dailey is drawing attention from most of the top colleges in the country. Dailey, ranked as a top 20 prospect in the class of 2007 by Ohio High magazine, spent time last weekend at both Notre Dame and Ohio State. We caught up with Dailey to get his thoughts on both schools.
"I was at Notre Dame on Saturday for the Providence game," said Dailey. "I had a really good time there. There were probably 30 other recruits there. They're recruiting me as a safety. They are showing a lot of interest in me."
For Dailey, the interest is mutual.
"You have to be impressed with the tradition at Notre Dame," said Dailey. "Also they really stress the importance of their academic reputation. Those were the two factors that impressed me the most."
Dailey was also impressed with Irish coach Charlie Weis.
"Coach Weis spoke to us as a group,"said Dailey. "He talked a lot about what he expects from his players. He also told us that he knows what the NFL is looking for and he could help us get there. Coach Weis told us he has a son in the seventh grade and he said he'd be at Notre Dame until his son graduates from Notre Dame. He said he would be there at least 10 more years. When we left Notre Dame on Saturday I was thinking 'How does anybody ever say "No" to this place?' "
On Sunday Dailey was in Columbus to see the Buckeye basketball game with Michigan State. He talked of his time in Columbus.
"The atmosphere at the basketball game was totally different," said Dailey. "At OSU the crowd was really into it. It was cool seeing Ted Ginn and Troy Smith at the game. My younger brother got an autograph and his picture with both of them, so that was cool."
The Ohio State football staff also made an impression on Dailey.
"I spent time with coach Haynes," said Dailey. "He is very straight forward and I like that. I'm supposed to send him a tape from this past season. I asked him if I should send a game tape or a highlight tape. He told me to send a highlight tape and to make sure it was a good one. I also talked with Luke Fickell. I like him a lot as well as coach Bollman. Coach Bollman introduced me to all the coaches. He said they were very interested in me."
When asked to compare both trips Dailey said it was tough to compare.
"After being at Ohio State it made it harder to choose between the two," said Dailey. "At Notre Dame the draw of the academic part of the school is so impressive. I probably felt a little more comfortable at Ohio State and there was a lot more individual attention as they only had 8-10 kids there. They're both great schools."
The recruiting battle for Andrew Dailey will heat up soon. The high school
seniors will sign letters of intent on February 1 and after that the colleges
will begin to focus on the class of 2007. Dailey, who will take the ACT in
February, will be one of the heaviest recruited players in that class.