The Missouri Tigers’ 2018 recruiting class has their first four-star player, as linebacker Chad Bailey committed to Mizzou on Sunday afternoon.
Bailey, a 6-foot tall, 238-pound inside linebacker, hails from Missouri City, Texas and attends Ridge Point High School. He’s the Tigers’ most recent commit from The Lone Star State, a state that Mizzou has hounded over the years, and becomes the fourth player in 2018 to be from there.
Arlington’s Jalen Knox, Del Valle’s Cameron Wilkins and Dallas’ Danny Gray are the other three that Bailey now joins, and he’s not the only Missouri City native or Ridge Point player to be on the roster, either. Cornerback Terry Petry, a three-star cornerback for 2017, will join the Tigers later this fall after being Bailey’s teammate prior to this fall.
Additionally, Biletnikoff Award watch lister J’Mon Moore went to Elkins High School in Missouri City, located six miles from Ridge Point.
The class of 2018 inside linebacker boasted offers from Ole Miss, Purdue and Colorado State among others, and there was some traction towards Ole Miss if you’re into the whole Crystal Ball thing. Alas, Bailey decided that CoMO was the place for him evidently, and instantly becomes the best player in head coach Barry Odom’s class to this point.
Bailey is ranked 16th among all inside linebackers in his class, 42nd overall among Texas recruits and is the No. 317 overall recruit in America per 247Sports.
Mizzou’s class swells up to nine following Bailey’s commit and the addition of Cam Taylor earlier on Sunday. They still find themselves 14th in the SEC out of the 14 teams in the conference however, as there’s still some work to be done. Nevertheless, they made a splash this weekend in grabbing four commits and, who knows? Perhaps more could be on the way.