No place like home for Bailey

No place like home for Bailey

Quinn Bailey may have not been mentioned with some of the elite local prospects of the 2014 class, but the Higley (Ariz.) offensive lineman has been heavily pursued for a while by ASU. Bailey who visited Oregon this past weekend and still plans to officially visit ASU, pledged to the Sun Devils this afternoon. Ultimately, suiting up for the home team was the prevailing sentiment in his process.

Bailey was deciding between Arizona State and Oregon, who he visited this past weekend. While this has been a two-team race for his services for a while, and Bailey who was initially prepared to possibly make a decision in January, said that he felt that time has become of the essence in his recruiting process.

"Oregon told me that had they had only one lineman spot left (a spot that is still open as of now) and I had some other linemen on the visit with me this week," Bailey explained. "So I thought about it and decided that I need to hurry up and make my decision and I was thinking about it as far as where I feel the most comfortable and that's ASU.

"It wasn't too hard to make that decision because I knew it was the best decision for me and my future. I'm glad it's ASU."

Bailey was coached at Higley by former ASU offensive lineman Jon Hargis, who wasn't being overbearing in pushing his player towards his alma mater.

"He supported me the whole time and never said where I should go," Bailey said. "He said to go where the best fit for me was. We always had a good relationship and he helped me out a lot."

Aside from the obvious proximity factor, Bailey said that he has been drawn to the program and the school by other factors.

"I really like how Coach Graham has turned around that program so quickly," Bailey stated. "I really get along with the coaches and players. I love playing in an up tempo offense which is why I was only looking in the end at ASU and Oregon. Blocking for downhill run plays suits my skill set."

The 6-5 285-pound Quinn Bailey was told throughout the recruiting process that he could play either guard or tackle for ASU, yet lately the Sun Devil staff has communicated to him that there is now just one role they are pegging him at.

"Now I know they want me only at tackle," Bailey commented. "They like my aggressiveness and just overall they way I play."

Higley's head coach, and former ASU graduate assistant Eddie Zubey, weighed in on Bailey's attributes.

"He has a nasty streak, is very smart and he is athletic," Zubey said. "As a junior in a basketball game he scored 42 points and had 19 rebounds. That was 30 pounds ago though (laughs), he's at 285 now and he has room to grow more because of his broad shoulders, and he isn't filled out yet. He gained 30 pounds since last year and didn't lose any quickness or explosiveness.

"He's a leader by example, and does everything you coach him to do. He loves to finish and drive people until the whistle blows. He plays all out for sure. He started his sophomore year at left tackle and played there too as a junior. This (last) year we had a left-handed quarterback so he moved to right tackle. He never gave up a sack (at either spot). He played on the defensive line too and was a two-way starter for three years."

Zubey said while it was a close competition for between ASU and Oregon for the services of his lineman that being close to home did prove to be a significant factor in his decision.

"At the end of the day the plan ride there (to Oregon) and back did show how far away it was for him," Zubey noted. "At ASU he can come home every Sunday night to a nice home cooked meal."

Bailey is naturally aware of the local players who have decided not to stay home, and said that he does take pride in playing for ASU in front of those who supported him the longest and the most.

"It's definitely great to say that I am playing for my hometown," Bailey admitted. "Hopefully playing college in the area I grew up can be something we can build on for all kids in the area to go to.

"It would be cool if (fellow local offensive lineman) Casey Tucker comes here too. I don't mind the competition. The more linemen we can get the better."

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