- Jared Shanker, ESPN Staff Writer
It has been a less than ideal senior season for defensive end Khairi Bailey (Chicago/Morgan Park).
First, the governing football body denied his transfer to Chicago Julian and he was forced to miss several games because of it. Then the teacher strike cost Bailey even more games.
He’s now back in the lineup now and is playing well with 22 tackles and three sacks.
On the recruiting side, five programs are sticking out to Bailey. Northern Illinois, Purdue, Western Kentucky and Western Michigan are the programs in Bailey’s top five to offer.
The one team yet to extend a scholarship is Arizona State, although Bailey feels one is coming soon.
“They really want somebody like me to come there and play,” Bailey said. “They think I fit their defense.”
Bailey, who could also play defensive tackle, likes that defense first-year coach Todd Graham runs. It has been successful too as the Sun Devils lead the Pac-12 in scoring and total defense.
“I’m going to visit Arizona State probably at the end of the season,” Bailey said.
The Sun Devils are not the favorites yet, however. He plans to take all his visits and will name a leader then.
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