BY MATT PATTERSON / Staff Writer
Published: November 3, 2008
CATOOSA -- Oklahoma State wrestling coach John Smith has landed yet another one of the state?s top recruits. Catoosa?s Dallas Bailey announced Monday he will wrestle at Oklahoma State. Bailey?s commitment comes just three days after Stillwater?s Chris Perry chose the Cowboys.
Bailey might be the No. 2 recruit in Oklahoma, second only to Perry. Bailey has won three state championships in high school, and the 171-pound senior owns 95-4 high school record. Bailey is ranked No. 22 nationally by InterMat regardless of weight. He was also recruited by Nebraska and Penn State.
?I grew up an OSU fan,? Bailey said. ?My room has been orange and black since I was 12. I looked at a lot of other schools, but OSU just had more to offer. They?ve won 34 national titles, and you?ve got John Smith and great workout partners.?
Bailey said Perry?s choice might have influenced him subconsciously, but he would have gone to OSU even if Perry had not. Bailey?s following in his father?s footsteps. Leo Bailey won three state championships at Bixby during the late 1970s and early 1980s. He was a three-time All-American for the Cowboys.
?It?s been nice because I go up there and meet people that know me because of my dad,? Dallas Bailey said. ?He was happy I?m going there, but he was okay with whatever I wanted to do.?
Dallas Bailey said Smith found out he had committed before he could tell him personally. Bailey said he expects to redshirt his first year at OSU but is glad to have the decision behind him.
?It?s a huge load off my mind,? he said.