He knew what to expect after watching his older brother Daniel go through the recruiting process last
In the end, Centreville rising senior Derek Bailey came to the exact same conclusion: He wanted to play college football at Syracuse.
Derek Bailey offered a verbal
commitment to the Orangemen on
Thursday, Centreville coach Mike
“I think Syracuse is where Derek
wanted to go all along,” said Skinner. “I
know he went up there for a one-day
visit this summer and liked it. It’s a
chance to play big-time football and
having his brother there is a big deal.”
Derek Bailey was a starting
linebacker for the Wildcats last season,
but also played cornerback after starter
Prince Lee missed several games
because of a shoulder injury.
Derek Bailey will play exclusively at
corner this season, according to Skinner.
The verbal commitment is non-binding
until football players can officially sign a
letter of intent Feb. 2, 2005.
Daniel Bailey, a running back for the
Wildcats, committed to Syracuse last
August, but missed most of his senior
season after injuring his knee against
West Springfield in the season opener.
He likely will redshirt at Syracuse this
The Bailey brothers join former West
Springfield redshirt freshman defensive
tackle Tony Jenkins, a 2003 All-Journal
pick, at Syracuse