Dion Bailey, the 5'11", 195 pound (4.5 forty) safety from Lakewood High in Lakewood, CA, gave USC his verbal commitment at the Nike seven on seven tournament in Beaverton, Oregon.
With the signing of Bailey, this gives the Trojans 10 verbal commitments, including five ESPN 150 watch-list residents.
Dion Bailey, who also held scholarship offers from Oklahoma and Notre Dame amongst many others, is thought to be one of the finest defensive backs in the Southland.
Described as "a real athlete that can go vertical to make the interception and has receiver soft hands to come down with the ball," Bailey has tremendous upside.
In 2008, Bailey had 72 tackles and nine interceptions.
Look for Dion Bailey to be rated among the best defensive backs in the nation by the end of the year.
In an interesting side bar, Lakewood High School also happens to be the team that Jesse Scroggins, the fast-rising, multi-skilled quarterback plays for.
Scroggins, who also holds offers from USC, Florida, Tennessee and just about every other big-time program in the nation, is possibly the fastest rising quarterback in the country and also is a ESPN 150 watchlist player.
He has said that USC, Florida, and Tennessee are his leaders and that he has no problems with coming in and competing against 2009 mega-recruit Matt Barkley.
Scroggins also suggested that a red-shirt year wouldn't dissuade him in any way from possibly signing with the Trojans.
I have a hard time believing that Jesse Scroggins will sign with the Trojans with Matt Barkley waiting in the Trojans wing, but you never know.
Many Southland players dream of playing for Pete Carroll and the chance to win a title in their hometown.
For certain, Scroggins has the talent to be a superior quarterback at the next level and who ever gets this guy will have a solid foundation to build upon.
In any event, Scroggins decision will be coming soon, perhaps in the next couple of weeks.
Bailey first, Scroggins next?