Bailey to move around in August

Recruiting coverage at SoonersIllustrated is still going as we look to bring fans the latest in Oklahoma recruiting news. Today, we spoke with safety Dion Bailey from Lakewood in California. He let us know a few stops on his summer tour.

Judging from the offers that have gone out from the Oklahoma coaching staff, it seems as though they are canvassing the entire nation for qualified athletes. Various players from both coastlines of top quality are reporting offers from the Sooners.

One state that has been getting plenty of attention is California where there are nearly a dozen players being actively recruited by Oklahoma. One of those players is defensive back Dion Bailey of Lakewood.

The 6-foot-1, 196-pound Bailey currently holds 19 offers, but has already began the process of selection. He does not have a favorite or top anything, but there are a few schools he plans to check out come August.

"The first week in August, I plan to go to Notre Dame, Tennessee, and while I am out that way, I want to see Oklahoma," Bailey said. "I have not been out of the state much during the process. I have gone to Washington, and in state, USC, UCLA, and San Diego State. I went to USC Rising Stars camp."

As for the recent camp, Bailey said it went good. Of course, all of his offers from his home state were not much a surprise. But, back in late April, the No. 28 ranked (by Scout.com) safety did get a call that was shocking.

"One day coach (Bobby Jack) Wright called my coach out of nowhere and said that they wanted to speak with me," Bailey said. "I called them the next day and coach Wright told me that they watched my film and were impressed. He told me that there was an offer for me and they want to play at Oklahoma. Coach Wright told me to keep in touch and try and get to Norman and see it for myself."

Aside from this phone call, Bailey said that Wright did come to Lakewood this past off-season. No words were exchanged that day, but Bailey got back with Wright not too long after that.

"He (Wright) told me that I am a real athlete and that I would fit in with what they are doing at Oklahoma," Bailey said. "They want me to play free safety."

Bailey, who referred to himself as a "fierce, focused competitor," recorded 72 tackles and nine interceptions last season. When it comes to choosing a college, he said that traveling is not an issue. 

He and some of his teammates from Lakewood will travel to Oregon for the NIKE Passing League.


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