Clifton (Va.) Centreville running back Daniel Bailey is starting to see some offers come his way.
"I have offers from Syracuse, Wake Forest and Marshall so far," said the 5-foot-7, 170-pound speedster. "A few others are talking about an offer as well."
Penn State, Miami (Ohio), Pitt and East Carolina are among the other teams recruiting Bailey the hardest. He is also hearing from Virginia and Virginia Tech, although neither school is recruiting that hard right now.
Bailey, who rushed for 1,500 yards on 110 carries with 23 touchdowns during his junior season, is also being recruited as a wideout by some schools. He likes the following about each of his favorites.
Syracuse: I like Syracuse because they're an up-and-coming football team. I like Syracuse's fast turf, it would be a track meet for me on Saturdays. I've talked to the coaches and they seem really cool, and Syracuse likes to run a lot of quick outs to their wideouts and tailbacks. I think I fit well running those outs. With my speed I can break away for a big play.
Penn State: I like PSU because it's so chill up there. The coaches are cool and JoePa is a legend plus my cousin, Gerald Smith, will be starting at wideout this season. He's just like me in that he's not big, but he can flat out run. It would be wild if I came in my freshmen year with him being a senior playing the same position. I plan on going up their to work out with him and meet some of the guys over the summer.
Wake Forest: Wake forest is talking about me playing running back, my preferred position. I know Wake is going to have a very good team in two years and they're more of a run-first type offense and I want that ball. Wake always has a good offensive line and are always in the top 10 in rushing. I could see running behind Wake's huge o-line.
Marshall: I don't know too much about Marshall, but I'm starting to learn more and more about them. I know that they have a pass-first offense and I think I would fit in well playing slot there. The passing plays are unbelievable and with Marshall having one of the top wideout coaches in nation, I would learn more about the position.
Miami (Ohio): They're talking about me playing running back and they are a speed option type offense. I think with my speed I would fit well and with a lot of players graduating I could have a chance to play right away. I know I can play as a freshmen there so I'm learning more and more about their offense.