Into the Flood Again

Scout.com
Posted Mar 15, 2011


Darone Bailey drew the attention of his home state schools out of Cleveland Eastside High School. When signing day came, Bailey elected to ink with Coahoma Community College in hopes of improving his stock as a college prospect. After an award winning campaign in 2010, Bailey is ready to break out this season and earn some serious senior college options.

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"Recruiting is going good, but it could always be better," said Bailey. "We just got done with our last week of spring practice, so I expect things to pick up over the summer."

At 6-6, 305 Darone is hard to miss. He spent most of his high school career playing tackle, but the move to the JuCo level required a slide inside.

"I played some at center and right guard this spring," said Bailey. "I started nine games at guard last year and I made second team All-State as a freshman."

Darone reports that he had to make a bigger commitment to the game and to his training in order to play at the level required at Coahoma.

"My technique is a lot better now that I have been here a while," said Bailey. "I found out pretty early that you have to spend a lot of time in the weight room if you want to play.

"You have to get stronger and you can't take plays off like you can sometimes in high school. You won't play if you don't play hard every play."

Mississippi State and Southern Miss both showed the talented lineman some strong interest two years ago, so it stands to reason the pair would keep tabs on how Bailey progressed in junior college.

"Southern Miss and Mississippi State are both recruiting me," said Darone. "I had been told that Southern Miss was going to offer me after spring break, so I will have to see if that happens.

"I am going to try to get down to Mississippi State and see them practice if I can. I want to go meet with the coaches."

Bailey reports that he is in no hurry to make a quick decision and that he wants to get to know everything about the programs showing him interest.

The Cleveland native is working hard to ensure he can graduate from Coahoma in December, so he can take part in spring practice at his new school this time next year.



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