The excitement that came with No. 25 USC getting their 10th win of the season with a victory over No. 20 Fresno State has began to dwindle as the Trojans face the prospect of losing several players to the NFL Draft.
Prior to the Las Vegas Bowl, Dion Bailey stated he would wait until after the bowl game to announce his decision on whether he would enter the 2014 NFL Draft or return for his senior season.
On Sunday morning, Bailey sent out a tweet, which stated his announcement would come at 12 p.m. on Dec. 23.
Tomorrow at noon i will be announcing my decision to stay for my last year or to enter the 2014 draft.. #Tobecontinued
— Dion Bailey (@dbailey_18) December 22, 2013
The versatile redshirt junior safety out of Lakewood, Calif. has seen his position changed at USC on multiple occasions, but never did it affect his level of production.
Bailey was a member of the 2010 class, signing with USC as a safety. When it became evident the Trojans needed to get more speed on their defense, Bailey was converted to an outside linebacker prior to the 2011 season.
Playing in 11 games in 2011, Bailey led the team with 48 tackles. In 2012 Bailey recorded 59 tackles, which placed him third on the team, and had a team-high four interceptions.
With defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast taking over in 2013, Bailey was slid back to a hybrid safety role.
While battling a shoulder injury through portions of the season, Bailey finished with 44 tackles and again led the team in interceptions with five.
In the Trojans’ 45-20 win over the Bulldogs, Bailey recorded four tackles.
Many expect Bailey to forgo his senior season and turn pro.
NFLdraftscout.com currently lists Bailey as the No. 3 rated free safety.