Deacs Offer, In Top Five For Bailey

Centreville small-back Daniel Bailey is one of a host of talented running backs in the state of Virginia in the class of 2004. Bailey, a pleasure to talk to, spoke this weekend about his experience at the Nike Camp, scholarship offers he has received, and his favorites.

In mid-May, I spoke with Centreville's Daniel Bailey at the Nike Camp in Blacksburg, Virginia. At the time, one school, Syracuse, had offered the 5'9 running back. But with an impressive Nike performance, Bailey has now picked up several more offers.

"I think I did really good," Bailey said. "I ran a 4.5 40, my vertical was a 34', and I benched 185 15 times." And he impressed in individual drills too, of course. "Oh yeah, they put me in the first group with the wide receivers," Bailey noted. "I went with the wide receivers because I do both at Centreville and wide receivers are more prominent at Nike."

Since then, his recruitment has picked up immensely. "It's going real good," said Bailey, who is hearing from Penn State, Syracuse, Pittsburgh, Wake Forest, North Carolina, Marshall, Virginia, Virginia Tech, and a host of others. "I've got a lot of offers. Syracuse, Wake Forest, Marshall, East Carolina, Ohio, and probably some more coming. I think some of those are from the Nike Camp."

While a host of schools are on Bailey's trail, he does have a list of early favorites. "I'm keeping my eyes open," Bailey said, "but I'd say Penn State, Syracuse, East Carolina, Marshall, and Wake Forest are probably my top ones. I'm looking at anyone and everyone, though. I'm looking to take my very last minute making my decision."

This summer, Bailey will attend a couple camps. "I'm going to the Penn State camp, Syracuse, Pittsburgh, ECU wanted me to come down there, and a lot of other one-a-days like UVa, Virginia Tech, and Maryland."

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