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.
El Paso Athlete Camping At SMU
Pony Stampede Top Stories
SMU on the Road 4/24-4/30Come inside Pony Stampede's forum for the latest from the recruiting trail on where SMU's staff is headed during the evaluation period.
Pony Stampede7:27 AM
Development key to Isiaha Mike picking SMUWhen it came down to why SMU was the right fit for Duquesne transfer wing Isiaha Mike, it came down to development. The transfer talks decision and plans at SMU with Pony Stampede.
Pony StampedeYesterday at 9:00 AM
The Hilltop Review 4/21Come inside the Pony Stampede Hilltop Review for the latest SMU recruiting news and notes.
Pony StampedeFriday at 10:30 AM
Q&A: SMU coach Chad Morris wraps up springSMU head coach Chad Morris put a wrap on spring practices and also talked about the new early signing period.
Pony StampedeWednesday at 2:10 PM