November 10, 2006

Houston attacks Magnolia state

The University of Houston is picking up some traction in the state of Mississippi of late.

The Coogs picked up a verbal commitment from offensive lineman Cory Bailey of Northwest Rankin High School. Bailey (6-5, 275-pounds) transferred from the Brookhaven Academy to Class 5A Northwest Rankin last season and has excelled on the higher level.

"I've only had him for a year," Rankin coach David Coates said. "He moved up this year from playing with the little kids in private school and has done pretty well.

"I'd say he does well in both run and pass blocking and can also get into open space on screens pretty well," he said. "He's going to have to get better, bigger and stronger to step in and play at the Division I level right away."

Along with Bailey, Houston assistants are also interested in running back Josh Freeman and offensive lineman Spencer Yates (6-3, 310-pounds).

"Josh is a great athlete who has rushed for over 1,500 yards and also has 23 receptions," he said. "Houston also likes Spencer, who has decent feet and good upside."

Houston also extended an offer and received and official visit from Ra'Shad McGill of Heidelberg High School in Mississippi.

"I think he really enjoyed his visit and he might be close to verbally committing to Houston," coach Eugene Harmon said. "He's the best I've had in my years of coaching."

McGill (6-4, 295-pounds) was named to the Class 2A all-state team as a junior and turned in another terrific senior performance.

"When we need any type of yardage, we follow Ra'Shad," Harmon said.

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