Bailey announces for NFL

Dion Bailey / USA Today Sports

USC safety Dion Bailey announced Monday he will make himself availably for the 2014 NFL draft...

In an expected move, USC safety Dion Bailey announced Monday that he will make himself available for the 2014 NFL draft.

Bailey, a redshirt junior, has one year of eligibility remaining at USC.

After USC's 45-20 win against Fresno State in the Las Vegas Bowl on Saturday, Bailey said the decision to stay at USC or announce for the NFL was a "win-win".

"If I leave, I graduated, I got my degree," Bailey said. "I made all-conference for two different positions. I mean, if I left early I wouldn't regret it at all."

Bailey redshirted his freshman season at USC. He started at strongside linebacker his second and third year before moving back to safety this year.

In 14 games played for the Trojans this season, Bailey finished fourth on the team with 62 tackles. He led the defense with a team-high five interceptions.

USC will return starting safety Su'a Cravens, freshman Leon McQuay, and Gerald Bowman will return from injury for his redshirt senior season.

Bailey is just one of 32 draft-eligble players who could leave USC early. Also expected to make upcoming announcements about their football future is Marqise Lee, Josh Shaw, George Uko, Hayes Pullard, Marcus Martin, Randall Telfer, and Aundrey Walker.

Get in the discussion with other USC fans in the Fight On! SC Insiders Forum

Follow Lindsey Thiry on Twitter Recommended Stories

  • Despite the lack of depth for the Trojans, the numbers say Sark's boys should be undefeated in conference play.

  • The NCAA's appeal of an LA Superior Court decision to unseal the file in Todd McNair's lawsuit and allow 700 pages of testimony and emails become public, as California law requires, did not have an…

  • It was another fourth quarter collapse for the Trojans, this time on the road in Utah. Ryan Abraham and Coach Harvey Hyde talk about what went wrong and answer your tough questions about the current…

  • Michigan President Mark Schlissel officially announced the resignation of athletic director Dave Brandon Friday. Schlissel appointed Jim Hackett as the interim AD with the plan moving forward to hire…

  • The initial basketball signing period begins in less than two weeks and there are currently 22 players in's 2015 top 100 still uncommitted. Who are those 22 players considering and who will…

Up Next