Huskies offer Lakewood's Bailey

Last year, the Huskies were thrilled to pull Lakewood (Ca.) DE Talia Crichton out of southern California and they've offered a couple of his teammates, including Dion Bailey who will be one of the top safeties in the state of California next fall. caught up with the talented defensive back and he updated us on things including his thoughts on pulling in his first offer...

"Oh man, I was real excited about it," Bailey told "I mean, they are a Pac 10 school, they have a whole new coaching staff and philosophy and my friend (Crichton) is headed up there.

"I called coach (Steve) Sarkisian up from my coach's office and he said 'I've got an offer waiting here for you'. I guess they had just got done watching our highlights and stuff and they decided right then and there to offer me."

Bailey played both receiver and safety for the Lancers last year, but he made his mark on defense, posting 70 tackles, eight interceptions and 11 passes defensed.

"I'm a centerfield guy," Bailey said when asked where he prefers to play. "I like free safety because you are back away from things and you can see the whole field.

"I have good speed (4.5) and I have good instincts so I can break on the ball well and make plays on it when the ball is in the air."

Bailey has good size (6-1, 190) and he's also got outstanding leaping-ability, posting a 37-inch vertical and he's hard at work in the weight room to get his strength to where it needs to be.

In addition to the offer from the Huskies, Bailey said that Arizona, Oregon, Notre Dame, UCLA and Utah are all recruiting him as well.

"They all like me as a free safety," Bailey said. "The fact that Washington was the first to offer me means a lot. It means they are sold on me and want me to be a part of their team.

"They are definitely my leader right now, but I'm going to wait things out and see what happens. It's still really early for me and I want to take all my visits and make sure I'm making the right decision for myself.

"The fact that Talia is going to go there means a lot and it definitely will have an influence on me. He talks them up all the time to us and he was real excited to find out we had offers."

Bailey was unsure about camps or combines at this point and time and he said he may take a few unofficial visits this spring to check out some of the schools that are recruiting him.

We'll have more on Bailey as the spring evaluation period kicks into high-gear in the next few weeks.

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