West Virginia Gets Mid-Year Juco Graduate Hakeem Bailey

West Virginia has inked its first mid-year juco graduate of the 2017 class. Defensive back Hakeem Bailey has signed his Letter of Intent with the Mountaineers.

"Every year they are getting better," Bailey said of West Virginia. "They are getting more wins each year. On my visit, I liked the whole coaching staff, and the whole atmosphere there."

Bailey, who chose WVU over other finalists Purdue and Cincinnati, also had growing interest from SEC schools and Virginia Tech, as well as additional offers from UAB and Coastal Carolina. He will enroll at WVU in January and have three years in which to complete his final three seasons of eligibility.

Originally from Pebblebrook High School in Mableton, Ga., Bailey signed with Marshall, but did not reach NCAA qualifying thresholds. He then researched junior college options before settling on Iowa Western, a national power with a reputation for developing talent. He redshirted his first year there, but showed few signs of rust in 2016 as he racked up 40 tackles and five interceptions in 11 games. He was recruited primarily by WVU assistant coach Danny "Blue" Adams.

BlueGoldNews.com will have more on Bailey's commitment soon.

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