LB A Priority

ome may not think that linebacker is a top priority to recruit this class, but replacing Damion McMiller is a must. For the second straight week the 'Cats are hosting a juco OLB and he's very high on Texas State.

The coaching staff is logging miles as they try to lure a couple of mid year juco pledges to add to this 2014 class. Last weekend they hosted Akii Smith and now this weekend they will host Darnell Dailey, a 6'2" 230lb OLB who times with 4.6 speed.

Dailey is a true sophomore from Contra Costa JC in California. He's filled out tremendously in his 2 years at Contra then compared to when he was a 6'1" 205lb lightly recruited prospect coming out of Rodriguez High School. On the field you see that he's a true sideline to sideline player. He can play all three downs and he's versatile. Whether it's the middle or outside linebacker spot, he can play it.

The Texas State coaching staff just went by Monday to see Dailey. They made sure to get everything in place and now Darnell has an official visit set up for San Marcos.

"This Friday I'm planning to fly on out to San Marcos. I have a friend that went to Texas State and he told me all the great things about the campus," said Dailey.

On and off the field, Dailey leads by example. He was elected team captain and for his performance earned 1st Team All Bay Valley Conference. In the classroom he holds a steady 3.5 GPA and is a full academic qualifier. He will have 3 years to play 2.

Along with TXST, Ivy league schools have shown interest, UMass, Towson, UTEP, Cal-Poly, UC-Davis, and Northern Colorado as well.

The staff has told Dailey they are targeting him as an OLB and that makes no difference to him at all. Dailey did tell our staff what he is looking for in a program.

"Basically, I'm looking for a program that I can contribute to and help win some football games. Academically, I'm looking for a school, where I can major in psychology or law. That's a really big plus for me. An environment where I can be happy. I feel Texas State offers a great environment for a student athlete. I'm looking forward to the visit and thankful for them having interest," said Dailey.

With this being the last weekend juco mid year prospects can take visits, we asked Dailey if a decision is on his mind.

"If everything goes well, it's a place where I can see myself in two years. It's an opportunity for me to make a decision where I can continue my future at. I could really see myself at Texas State."

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