Texas Tech made the Top 5 of a blue-chip Houston-area linebacker this past weekend as 2018 Ridge Point Scout300 prospect Chad Bailey narrowed things down. Bailey discussed the decision to focus on the group of Power Five schools.
"I had a few offers, and then it seemed like it was slowing down a little bit, so I decided to focus on the schools that offered me. But if somebody else comes through after the season, then I'll consider them too if I really like the school."
Bailey shared his thoughts on each of the five schools:
"At first, I really didn't like Tech, but then the way they play their middle linebackers, I'll be covering passers but I'll be making a lot of run plays too."
"With Ole Miss, it's really the coaching staff that's got me. Coach Peveto, and then the head coach, coach Freeze is a cool dude. Coach Peveto is a good linebackers coach."
"Indiana is basically the same thing, with the coaches. I like coach Allen. Coach Joseph and coach Inge, they talk to me every day and tell me a lot of things."
"Colorado, I really want to go visit. They say Colorado is a beautiful place, so I put them in the Top 5, I want to go up and see if I like it up there."
"With Mizzou, we just had a dude from my school, his name is Terry Petry, that's like my brother. He just went to Mizzou. It would be great to play with him. Coach Carson is a good dude, the linebackers coach, he just came from TCU."
What factors will the standout defender be considering most heavily while making his decision?
"I don't know my major yet, but academics will be a big thing. A family-oriented team. When I can get on the field. If I have to redshirt, then I'll redshirt, but if I can play early then I'll play early. I'll just have to see what happens when I get to college."
Coach Zac Spavital, no stranger to recruiting the Houston area, is leading the charge for the Red Raiders for Bailey's services.
"He says I'm a dude that can come in and change the game in the Big 12. He says I can make a real difference to the defense, I can become a run-stopper even though they pass a lot in the Big 12, and stuff like that."
Former Ridge Point Panther Travis Bruffy is the starting left tackle for the Red Raiders, and is also in contact with his former teammate.
"Travis recruits me every day. He just tells me he likes it up there, that they're building a program and that they're going to be a real good team real soon, so I told him I'll go down there for a visit and see what they're like."
Bailey plans on making visits to each of his Top 5 schools before deciding.
"I've visited Ole Miss, and I'll be visiting Mizzou in a few weeks. I might go to Tech some time. Indiana will be my first official visit. After I visit each college, I'm gonna go from there."