Texas WR Dacoven Bailey has officially joined the Scarlet Knights, signing with Rutgers on Wednesday.
Bailey, a two-star recruit, was on campus last weekend for an official visit, during which he received a scholarship offer from the coaching staff. On Sunday, Bailey revealed he would announce his decision on National Signing Day. After spending the final weekend before NSD at Rutgers and receiving the offer while on the banks, there was little doubt he would ultimately pledge to Rutgers.
At Pilot Point High School in Texas, Bailey lined up all over the field. On defense, he has worked as a safety, and has shown he is not afraid to go toe-to-toe with opposing receivers to contest deep balls. However, most of his snaps come on offense, where he lined up as a running back, wide receiver, and even an occasional Wildcat quarterback.
As a runner, Bailey shows an ability to follow his blockers, accelerating quickly once he reaches the second level for big gains. Even when he's swallowed up by the defense, he still keeps his legs moving to gain as much yardage as he can before going down. As a receiver, Bailey has reliable hands and good speed, showing a constant ability to make tacklers miss and burn corners in one-on-one coverage. Even when the ball doesn't go to him, he can also throw blocks.
Bailey is 6-0, 190, meaning he sizes up pretty well with current Scarlet Knights WR John Tsimis. Tsimis missed most of last season, but was a valuable reserve for Rutgers in 2014, where he caught 19 passes for 188 yards and three touchdowns for the Scarlet Knights.
Freshman Impact Index: 4 - Like fellow commit K.J. Gray, Bailey can play both offense and defense. Unlike Gray, Bailey is projected to play on offense at the collegiate level. There are a number of receivers already on the roster with in-game experience and a few already in the incoming recruiting class, meaning Bailey will have to really impress to earn snaps. However, I think he's a dark horse candidate to earn a gadget player role in the Drew Mehringer offense, so perhaps Bailey can make an impact in 2016 after all.
Take a look at Bailey's film right here:
Welcome to the banks, Dacoven!
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