SMU is looking for a shifty running back that will fit into their new and improved Run N' Shoot offense. It appears El Paso Chapin junior Collin Bailey could be that type of player.
The 5-foot-8, 170-pounder hasn't received an offer yet but says he has stayed in contact with offensive line coach Wes Suan and plans to attend the summer camp on the Hilltop this weekend.
"I'm very interested in SMU," he said. "It's not too far from home, and I really enjoy the atmosphere over there. I like the coaches and the direction the program is going."
Bailey says he is being patient with his recruiting, but he has started talking to fellow recruits about the SMU coaching staff and program.
"I talk to my friends about it," he said. "(Bishop Dunne athlete) Ronnie LaRue, said he really liked SMU. It would definitely be a top contender if they offered me. I love the school."
Bailey, who can also be a slot receiver, has also been in contact with UTSA, Texas State and Rice. He has always dreamed of playing college football and hopes to make up for his lack of size with his work ethic.
"This offseason, I have been working on my speed and getting bigger in the weight room," he said. "I have a big heart, and I'm very dedicated. I love the game of football, and I love to compete."
Bailey started at running back, cornerback, kick returner, and punt returner last season for EP Chapin. He rushed for 1,721 yards and 20 touchdowns, while also netting 320 receiving yards and two touchdowns.
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