Pilot Point (Texas) athlete Dacoven Bailey expected a scholarship offer before he took a Rutgers official visit. When it came Sunday after a meeting with head coach Chris Ash, Bailey still felt the excitement.
The 6-foot, 190-pounder is not ready for a formal decision -- he wants to meet with family when he returns home. Bailey is prepared for plenty of hugs and celebration when he makes a deceision on National Signing Day.
"I kind of knew I was getting offered because I talked a lot with [assistant coach Bill] Busch about it," said Bailey, whose other finalists are Tarleton State and Central Oklahoma. "I was still really excited about it because I had a great visit. I'm excited about a lot of things right now."
Rutgers projected Bailey as a slotback during his official visit. Bailey considers himself an offensive player first, where he averaged 11 yards per touch during his senior season.
"I'm excited about that opportunity because I've been playing offense my whole life," Bailey said. "I've been playing the position they want me to play my whole life, so I wouldn't have to change anything."
"[Austin] said it's a great program," he said. "He said they're changing a lot from last year. They're focused and it's a great place to play."
The trip marked Bailey's first visit to New Jersey, but distance is not a significant concern for college. He traveled by himself for the official visit and plans to discuss the weekend with family on Sunday night.
"I was really comfortable but the cold kind of got to me," Bailey said. "The other recruits and the players were nice, so I was good."null