Rams land 3-star defensive back Keevan Bailey, son of Champ Bailey

Keevan Bailey. Credit: Rivals.
Keevan Bailey. Credit: Rivals.

The Colorado State Rams may have struggled through their worst season in six years, but, they’re landing some big-time recruits as of late.

On Monday night, CSU football got the commitment of 3-star defensive back Keevan Bailey, out of Georgia. Yes, he’s from Georgia, and his father — Champ Bailey — was the teammate of Mike Bobo with the Bulldogs.

Bailey is 6’1″ and 175 pounds out of Conyers, GA, ranked as the 107th-best cornerback in the country in the 2019 class per 24/7 sports. The list of teams who offered Bailey is long: Tennessee, West Virginia, South Florida, Minnesota, Kentucky and of course, Colorado State.

After having graduate transfer V.J. Banks start last season opposite of freshman Rashad Ajayi, the Rams will be looking for a new starter. And considering Ajayi played in all 12 games in 2018, it likely made it easier to convince Bailey he may be able to play sooner rather than later. The same could be said if Bailey is destined to play safety instead of corner; Jordan Fogal will be gone in 2019, opening up another possible starting spot, though, Braylin Scott will return as a senior.

From his junior season highlight tape, Bailey has a nose for the ball and loves to make a play on it whenever possible. He enjoyed multiple interceptions, and defended a lot of passes as well. Not only that, but he doesn’t shy away from contact, making tough, physical tackles.

Of course, his family name and pedigree makes a major statement before even seeing him play a down. Champ Bailey was a 15-year NFL veteran and is a Pro Football Hall of Fame semifinalist for the Class of 2019, one of only 15 who could make the hallowed halls. At Georgia, Champ played three years and picked off eight passes, returning one for a touchdown.

As a senior, Keevan Bailey played most of the season as a free safety, picking off seven passes, forcing three fumbles and recorded 68 tackles.