Ohio Star Honored by Offer

Massillon Washington is a program in Ohio rich with tradition. Over the years, the school has produced a number of high-profile recruits. The latest is Andrew Dailey, a 6-foot-3, 215-pound athlete who is drawing interest from top college programs around the nation.

Dailey knows playing for a high school program that is saturated with tradition has allowed him to be more prepared for the challenges the next level will throw at him.

“It benefits me a lot,” he said. “Our stadium holds 17,000 people and that has helped prepare me for the bigger crowds. They way they treat you here and the tradition of the program can only help to prepare you for college.”

Dailey is a versatile athlete who is projecting as an outside linebacker or safety at the next level, but his team will also be utilizing his talents on offense next season.

“I think I have a lot of athletic ability,” he said. “I play on both sides of the ball. This year I am going to be playing wide receiver for us. I play hard-nosed and aggressive, and I just try to make big plays.

“I prefer to play strong safety, but it depends on how much weight I put on in college. If I put on a lot of weight, I will be a linebacker or nickel back that can run and have a lot of speed to go along with my size.”

Dailey looks to two longtime NFL players for inspiration.

“I played safety for the team this year and last year, so I try to pattern myself a little after John Lynch,” he said. “I like the way he comes up and hits and he is a leader out there.

“I have also always liked Jerry Rice.,” he added. “I admire his work ethic and stuff like that. I read a couple of books on him, and he always pushes himself to be the greatest. He is just a role model that I like to follow.”

Dailey has seen see his stock continually rise throughout the evaluation period and he is concentrating on some of the top football programs in the country.

“So far I have an offer from Akron and Penn State,” he said. “The schools that I keep in touch with are Ohio State, Notre Dame, Florida and Illinois.”

Dailey plays in the heart of Big Ten country, so it is no wonder he was extremely honored when Penn State issued him a scholarship offer.

“Penn State offered me about a month ago,” he explained. “We went up for a Junior Day. We sent them my game film before we went up, and they checked it out and they were really impressed. They offered me while we were there and I got a package in the mail a few days later.

“It made me feel great. Especially after I got to check out the school. I followed Penn State, but I had never been there or heard anything about it.

“I like the way Coach [Joe] Paterno runs the team. It is like a family organization there. They call it 'Linebacker U.' I could see myself at a place like that.”

Over the last week, Dailey has been able to take a couple of unofficial visits to see two of the other perennial Big Ten powers.

“Saturday I went up to Michigan for their spring game, and I had a one-on-one meeting with Coach [Lloyd] Carr. He talked to me about where they see me fitting in. He said that Coach [Scott] Loeffler, who is my recruiting coordinator, would be coming down to my school to spend the day with me. They are going to check out my film and get back to me later in the month.

“Yesterday, I went to spring practice at Ohio State, and we got to see inside the locker room and the recreation center. We just talked to the coaches for a short time. They are just expecting to see me back there for a combine.

“I have been to Ohio State a few times. I also went to the Ohio State-Texas game last season, and I went to their Junior Day when they played Michigan State.”

Dailey is fired up to get the chance to make his mark on the national level when he attends the Scout.com Combine in Louisville (5/20).

“I am definitely excited for the Scout Combine,” he said. “I heard that Scout helps to pick or decide who gets into the Army All-American game, and I would like to try to make that impression or make a move to play in the All-American game.”

Dailey plans to attend camp sessions at Florida, Notre Dame, Michigan and Ohio State this summer.

As a junior, Dailey racked up 80 tackles, forced five fumbles, had one interception and blocked three punts while netting All-Ohio, All-District and All-Eastern Ohio honors.


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