12/23/2013 - USC SS Bailey to enter NFL Draft...Southern California junior safety Dion Bailey announced he will forego his final year of eligibility and enter the 2014 NFL Draft. Bailey is currently the top-ranked junior strong safety prospect, according to NFLDraftScout.com ratings, but is not currently projected as a first-round pick. With good pre-draft workouts, Bailey could battle Washington State senior Deone Bucannon to be the first strong safety selected in May. The 6-foot, 210-pound Bailey led the Trojans with five interceptions and broke up six passes as a junior. He finished fourth on the team with 62 tackles, including 6 1/2 for losses. "My time spent here at the University of Southern California has been a blast. I wouldn't take back or trade anything that's happened throughout these past four years that I've been here," Bailey said. "Making the decision to attend this university and play football here has really changed me as a man and helped me grow for the better."
Bailey has already earned an undergraduate degree in policy, according to ESPNLosAngeles.com, and leaves the Trojans with 222 career tackles and 11 interceptons. "The main reason behind ultimately making this decision is that me and my parents feel like I've done a lot in my career here at SC, making all-conference at two different positions, being pretty productive," said Bailey, who discussed the decision with his family following USC's 45-20 victory over Fresno State in the Las Vegas Bowl on Saturday. "I just feel that there isn't much more I can do to improve my individual performance numbers-wise." Bailey was recruited as a safety out of Lakewood, Calif., but moved to strong-side linebacker in 2010. Following shoulder surgery, he returned to safety in 2013. - The Sports Xchange
12/23/2013 - Dion Bailey declared his intentions to enter the 2014 NFL Draft on Monday, becoming the first of several NFL-ready USC juniors to announce their plans for next season. Bailey was a three-year starter for the Trojans defense, alternating between outside linebacker and safety. The redshirt junior mostly played safety under defensive coordinator Clancy Pedergast in 2013, leading the team in interceptions (5) while recording 61 tackles and 6.5 tackles for loss. Bailey was named to the All-Pac-12 second team by the league's coaches earlier this month.
According to the school, Bailey -- a policy, planning and development major -- has already earned his degree. NFL scouts are expecting announcements from several notable draft-eligible USC players in the coming weeks, including wide receiver Marqise Lee, cornerback Josh Shaw, linebacker Hayes Pullard, defensive end George Uko and center Marcus Martin. The Trojans finished the 2013 season with a 10-4 record after the 45-20 win against Fresno State in the New Mexico Bowl on Saturday. It was only the second 10-win season since 2008 and first USC bowl win since 2009. - Chip Patterson, CBSSports.com
12/03/2013 - 2013 ALL-PAC-12 SECOND TEAM (COACHES): DB Dion Bailey, Jr., USC...Has been selected All-Pac 12 Second Team for the 2013 college football season as voted on by the Pac-12 Head football coaches. - USC football
09/11/2013 - Scouting the USC pass defense: USC has answered critics with its credible play from the secondary, one of the Trojans' question marks heading into the season because of inexperience and a lack of depth. The Trojans have responded with six interceptions in the first two games. Five different defenders have made a pick. Dion Bailey, a junior who splits time between linebacker and safety, leads the team with two. - The Sports Xchange
09/07/2013 - Scouting the USC pass defense: Largely because of USC's pressure on Hawaii quarterback Taylor Graham, the Trojans registered four interceptions in the season opener. Josh Shaw, Su'a Cravens, Dion Bailey and Hayes Pullard each had a pick against the Rainbow Warriors. USC's inexperience and lack of depth in the defensive secondary remains a concern until the Trojans go against a quality opponent with a proven quarterback. - The Sports Xchange
08/13/2013 - TOP USC PROSPECTS FOR THE 2014 NFL DRAFT: 5. S/OLB Dion Bailey (6-0, 210, 4.58)*..Like DE/OLB Morgan Breslin, Bailey is expected to switch positions in Pendergast's defense despite impressive play last year as an undersized strongside linebacker. Bailey signed with USC as a highly regarded safety prospect in 2010 but after redshirting a year, he made the move to linebacker and simply tied for the team lead with 81 tackles. Bailey was similarly effective last year, posting 80 tackles (third on the team), including eight tackles for loss.
With Pendergast's 3-4 scheme calling for greater size at outside linebacker, however, Bailey is expected to make the transition back to safety. This is complicated by the fact that he missed the spring following shoulder surgery but the athletic and instinctive defender looks up to the challenge. Bailey enters his redshirt junior campaign with six interceptions to his credit (including a team-leading four last year). Bailey's exploits in coverage are no surprise given his fluidity and awareness, though the task of covering slot receivers will be much tougher than the occasional tight end and running backs he was asked to blanket in the past. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
07/16/2013 - 2013 JIM THORPE AWARD WATCH LIST: S Dion Bailey, USC...Bailey started for his second year at strongside linebacker as a sophomore in 2012 and had another impressive season. Overall in 2012 while starting all 13 games, he had 80 tackles (third on team), including 8 for losses (with 1 sack), plus 5 deflections, a forced fumble and a team-best 4 interceptions. His 4 interceptions were tied for second most by a linebacker in the nation in 2012. He made 2012 CollegeFootballNews.com Sophomore All-American honorable mention and All-Pac-12 honorable mention.
The always-around-the-ball Bailey returns for his what could be his third year as a starter as a junior in 2013, this season likely at safety after starting the past two seasons at linebacker. He missed 2013 spring practice while recuperating from 2012 post-season shoulder surgery. - USC football