Dailey Show is PSU Bound

Penn State has had a variety of players from Ohio on the roster in recent years, including Donnie Johnson, Tony Davis, Isaac Smolko, Chris Harrell, Robert Price and Daryll Clark. The Lions are adding another standout player from the Buckeye State in the Class of 2006 with Andrew Dailey.

A four-star prospect from Massillon, Ohio, Andrew Dailey led his team to a state championship in 2005. During that campaign he focused his play at strong safety and pulled down 81 tackles, eight of which were for a loss and three sacks.

Considered to be a top ten prospect in the Midwestern region Dailey is a 6-foot-3, 207 pound, 4.60 forty player who has played a variety of roles for his squad this season.

Although his team is 7-4 this season, Dailey has made an impact on every aspect of the Massillon squad, playing offense, defense and special teams, seeing action in every game this season.

In terms of offense, Dailey has played slot receiver and has pulled in 22 passes for 295 yards (13.4 YPC) and three touchdowns. He also rushed three times for 15 yards in short yardage situations.

Although he played strong safety in 2005, the coaches shifted him to outside linebacker this season to leverage his speed and aggression. He has had 20.5 tackles this year, 4.5 for loss, one fumble recovery and 0.5 sack.

Dailey also serves as the team's primary kick return specialist. This season he has returned 14 kickoffs for 320 yards, averaging just under 23 yards per return.

Dailey has offers from programs like Florida, Nebraska and Illinois and interest from Michigan, Notre Dame and Ohio State prior to selecting PSU.

Although it is unclear exactly where Dailey ends up as a Nittany Lion - safety or linebacker, his coach Tom Stacy, chimed in on Dailey, saying, "He's 6-2, 220 and runs well. He's physical and he's a play maker. He's a three-sport athlete and he makes a lot of plays for us. We think he's a pretty good football player. He played safety for us last year. They're looking at him mostly as a linebacker. We played him off the edge a lot last year. He's going to be an outside linebacker for us this year. We're going to put him in position where he can make plays on both sides of the ball, but he'll be an outside linebacker for us primarily."

Dailey's high school career ended this past weekend in a 14-10 Division I Region 2 semifinal loss to Toledo Whitmer.


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