The junior from Michigan is getting his chance to play college football at Mount St. Joseph. The 6-6, 275-pound offensive tackle is raring to go when the Lions open their Division III season Saturday at Capital University in Columbus.
It’s not so much that Bailey found Mount St. Joe as Mount St. Joe found Bailey. In fact, head coach Tyler Hopperton was the recruiting director at the time. Hopperton was sold as soon as he watched Bailey's highlight tape.
“So after the film - we saw the film first, and obviously, you just met Josh - at 6-6 and 275 pounds, we didn't wince as much,” Hopperton said.
At his size, with his speed, Bailey had a chance to play college football at a bigger school, but he’s on a mission.
“I could either be a punching bag at (Division II) or I had a chance to actually do something here at the Mount,” Bailey said.
That’s the second part of his dream – not only to play college football, but to use that for something greater.
“My ultimate dream is to show the world that kids with autism can do extraordinary things and to inspire people with autism to achieve their dreams,” Bailey said.
He points to his head. “Really, this doesn't hold you back,” he says.