Bailey Has Offers, More to Come

Dion Bailey, the 6-1, 195-pound safety prospect from Lakewood, Calif., is feeling pretty good these days, with five scholarship offers from BCS programs and the hint of more to come...

Lakewood (Calif.) safety Dion Bailey (6-1, 195) is up to five scholarship offers, with his most recent offer coming from a Pac-10 program.

"Oregon is the most recent that I can think of," said Bailey. "I've also been offered by Washington, Arizona, Oregon State and Nebraska."

And the two Los Angeles schools are starting to get more involved with Bailey. "I'm talking to UCLA and USC, too," said Bailey. "UCLA could be close and I just started talking to SC. They are all looking at me as a safety."

Bailey said he's not favoring anyone at this point in his recruitment. "I'm not really having a favorite," said Bailey. "People always ask me that, but I haven't really focused on that. I'm still looking at my options and some more schools are showing interest in me. Like Notre Dame, I'm planning to go to a camp out there. So I'm still pretty wide open."

There also doesn't appear to be any imminent decision for Bailey. "I'm not going to make a decision until the middle of my football season or towards the end of it. But I know I want to take all five of my visits," said Bailey.

Bailey is part of a vaunted group at Lakewood that includes four-star quarterback Jesse Scroggins, three-star receiver Kevin Anderson and defensive tackle Justin Utupo.

"We've talked about all playing together in college and there is a possibility for that but there is also a possibility that we'll all separate, too. So we want to go 15-0 and get our two rings together," said Bailey.

They came close last year, leading eventual Pac-5 champ Long Beach Poly by double-digits in the CIF-SS Semifinals before falling apart in the second half.

"It has been eating at us all year," said Bailey. "Since we had a good season, we were winning, and were so close. But we feel like we have a good foundation of talent that we could get it done. We've just got to stay disciplined. We found that out against Poly. It showed us how a championship team really plays. We knew we were good enough, but in the end, Poly made the plays, we didn't, and when it comes down to it, you've got to play fundamentally sound."

So with the tough end to the season getting further away and his senior year approaching, Bailey is balancing preparation for the 2009 season with keeping a close watch on his recruitment.

So, he's weighing all the factors of various program, like their location. "Being away from home or staying close to home isn't a factor for me," said Bailey. "I'm looking at the graduation rate, the program and the college atmosphere."

As a 2008 junior, Bailey had 70 tackles, eight interceptions and 11 passes defensed.

Academically, he has a 3.3 GPA and is waiting for his SAT score from this month.

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