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July 19, 2004

Bailey Picks Syracuse

He knew what to expect after watching his older brother Daniel go through the recruiting process last summer.

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 Skinner said. 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. Its 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 fall. The Bailey brothers join former West Springfield redshirt freshman defensive tackle Tony Jenkins, a 2003 All-Journal pick, at Syracuse

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