Last year, late junior college signee Pio Vatuvei helped solidify the defensive line in Todd Grantham's new 304 scheme. This year, it could be junior college defensive end/tackle Drew Bailey. Bailey committed to Louisville today, shortly after taking an official visit this weekend.
Bailey (6'5, 285), played for Pearl River Community College in Mississippi. He's an excellent pass rusher that, like Sheldon Rankins, can move between being more of an end to also being a three-technique defensive tackle as needed. Before committing to Louisville, Bailey took official visits to Fresno State, NC State, and Maryland. He also listed an offer from Purdue.
As coaches typically want junior college signees, Bailey will sign in December, enroll for spring 2015, and be eligible to go through spring practice in preparation for the 2015 season. He joins fellow junior college commitments Khalil Hunter, Justin Sandifer, Paul Harris, and Tim Cook, all of which are expected to sign and enroll in January.
Perhaps most importantly with Bailey is, according to Steve Jones with the Louisville Courier-Journal, Bailey has three years to play three, instead of the typical three years to play two like most junior college signees.