A weekend official visit to Rutgers is a fact-finding mission for Pilot Point (Texas) Varsity athlete Dacoven Bailey.
Bailey has limited knowledge about the Scarlet Knights and new coach Chris Ash but a recent visit from defensive backs coach Bill Busch sparked his interest.
A 6-foot, 190-pound 2016 prospect with experience on both sides of the ball, Bailey hopes to earn a Rutgers offer this weekend and could decide quickly if it took place.
“It started because coach Busch coached one of my coaches that’s with my program now,” he said. “He wanted to know if he had any good players and my name was brought up. Coach Busch immediately came down to see me and talk to my family. He wanted me to come up on an official visit, so I’m ready to get to New Jersey.”
Bailey wants to learn more about Rutgers on his visit after little more than a basic rundown since the staff initiated contact less than a week ago.
“I don’t know much to be honest, just what coach Busch told me when he visited last week,” he said. “He told me about how it’s the birthplace of college football. We talked about how it’s next to the ocean and how I could get a lot of exposure because it’s New Jersey and New York.”
With Tulsa, Towson, ECU and Abilene Christian after him, the Big Ten opportunity at Rutgers is unique.
“When you first think about it, it’s nerve-wracking,” he said. “You see the teams playing in the National Championship and I would be playing against a team that just won the championship last year. It’s something where if I get the opportunity, I’d be really excited about what I could do.”
Bailey’s first focus comes in the academic world.
“Getting a degree and graduating college is the most important thing for me – it’s not even close,” he said. “I’m not sure what I want to study, not sure if I want to be a coach or an engineer. Academics are really important with me and my mom. If I get below an 85 [percent], then I pretty much get grounded. It’s pretty serious in my house.”
Rutgers did not specify one position for Bailey, who is open to defensive back, running back or wide receiver.
“I would say my style is consistent energy,” he said. “I bring a lot of energy. It doesn’t matter because I play offense and defense throughout my whole career in high school but I’d prefer to play offense if you ask me.”