J. Bailey (Ath, Moss Point, MS) - Many of the top quarterbacks in the Magnolia state will probably end up at another position on the next level, including C.J. Bailey.
Although CJ will be a three year starter for the Tigers this upcoming season, and has thrown for nearly 3,000 yards and over 30 TD's in the past two seasons, most college recruiters think CB will be his most likely destination.
The following information was revealed during our interview with
C. J. Bailey:
What is your current height, weight, and forty time?
"I am 5' 11", 185, and I run a 4.45."
Which position are
you being recruited to play on the next level? "Defensive back, slash athlete.
Most are looking at me as an athlete too."
What are your strengths
on the field? "I outsmart the defenses and my opponents. I am quicker and
faster than anybody else too."
What are you working on for the next
level? "I just need to get stronger and faster. Our coaches are always stressing
that to me."
What do you currently bench, squat, and have you been
measured in your vertical? "I bench 265, squat 415, and my vertical is 35".
That is what they had me at the Ole Miss camp last summer."
camps did you attend? "The Ole Miss and Southern Mississippi camps."
do you plan to camp at this summer? "I want to go to the Nike camp at Ole
Miss, the Elite Combine, and the Blue Chip Combine in New York. As for the colleges,
I will probably go to the Ole Miss, Auburn, and USM Sr camps."
long have you been starting at QB for Moss Point? "Since the end of my freshman
Have you ever played any cornerback? "I have never played
anything but quarterback. But coach told me I will get some reps at CB this year.
I am going to be used more as an athlete this year. I will play some QB, CB, RB,
WR, PR, and KR. I am going to do it all."
What were your stats at
QB last year? "I passed for 1,400 yards and 15 TD's."
a sophomore? "I had 1,200 yards passing 17 TD's."
Did you garner
any awards last year? "I was named Player of the Week twice. I was Moss Point's
MVP, and I was named 2nd Team All-Conference at QB. The other side of town throws
it a lot, but I do not mind."
Which colleges are recruiting you the
hardest? "West Virginia, Ole Miss is a lot, USM, Marshall, Stanford is a
lot, LSU is a lot, Auburn is a lot, and MSU."
Any early offers? "No
sir, I am waiting."
Who do you feel like is the closest to offering
you? "Ole Miss, right now, just Ole Miss. I know I am going to have some
good combines. I should have 2 to 3 after the combines. But right now, Ole Miss
is the only one that is talking real serious about offering me."
you had a chance to attend any Jr Days? "I went to Ole Miss a couple of Saturdays
Did anyone come with you? "I went up there with Richard Dickson. I wanted to go to LSU's Jr Day, but I had a basketball game that day.
Those two probably write me the most. Ole Miss' campus is real nice. It is real
clean up there. I really liked their new indoor facility. Their weight room too.
That really got me interested in them, their facilities."
did you learn about Ole Miss during your trip? "They have some new coaches,
so I learned a lot about them. I did not know they loved Ole Miss like they do.
They are so hyped about it. That is what caught my eye, their passion for Ole
Miss and winning. They are not laid back about it. They just tell you straight
up they are going to win it all. I was up there last year for their camp, but
their new facility was not done yet. So, it was all pretty much new to me."
stood out the most? "The coaches, got to be the coaches. Especially Coach
Orgeron. I liked his attitude about his program. I am for sure he will win big
there, for sure."
Who are some more schools that you are interested?
"USM, LSU, and Auburn. Auburn has two or three articles out on me at scout.com.
That shows me they are real interested in me. I like that. I know for a fact I
am going there this summer, for a fact. Auburn and USM mostly. Those two and Ole
What stands out about USM? "It is so close to home. I
love their program. They win at USM. They stay in the Top 25 year in and year
out. I have been going to their games for years. It would make it easy on my parents
to come and see me play . I do not know, they just play good ball."
is your academic status? "I have a 3.5 GPA and a 17 on the ACT.