Recruiting: Sooners lead for Juco OL?

Lackawanna Junior college offensive lineman Clarence Bailey talks about his interest in Oklahoma.


Clarence Bailey is a big man who has become a big name with D-1 recruiters all over the country.

Originally from Trenton, N.J., Bailey was a three-year starter at Ewing High School both offensive and defensive tackle.

Bailey went the Juco route because of academics, but he has picked up enough hours that he will graduate in December. Bailey started a year ago following a redshirt year his freshman year, thus he will have two years to play on the D-1 level.

"My play has improved this year from last," said Bailey. "I have matured, I am a year older and I am just a better player this year. I think I am being recruited as a left tackle and that is where I would like to play. I can play anywhere along the o-line, but that is where I feel most comfortable."

Bailey can bench 350 pounds, squats 600 and has earned all-area honors on both sides of the ball in high school. Clarence has been offered by Ole Miss, Kansas, Cincinnati, Syracuse, South Carolina, East Carolina, Miami and Oklahoma.

"I am kind of leaning to the Sooners because they have a lot of offensive linemen leaving," said Bailey. "They have an opportunity for me to come in and start and come in and block for Adrian Peterson. Here at Lackawanna, I have four running backs that I block for now and I would love to block for Peterson. He is an explosive back and he can really move."

Bailey has set a visit with the Sooners (Thanksgiving weekend) and Ole Miss (11-11).

"Those are the two schools that I have set anything up with right now," said Bailey. "I am working on setting up some others."

Lackawanna is 4-2 at press time and this season Bailey is blocking primarily for a running team.

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