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North Brunswick's Myles Bailey (Image courtesy Mike Cipot)

Myles Bailey, North Brunswick’s record-setting runningback – who, two years ago,  helped the Raiders to their first sectional finals since 1979  – has verbally committed to Central Michigan in the Mid-American Conference.  Bailey can make it official tomorrow when college football’s early signing period begins.

Bailey made the announcement on his Twitter page Tuesday afternoon, saying, “I’m very appreciative and excited to be joining the Chippewa family. … I’ll make these years the best years of my life at Central Michigan.”

Bailey holds several prominent records for the Raiders, including career rushing yards (5,096), career rushing touchdowns (41), and career points (314).

As a safety, his 8 career interceptions rank 5th all-time in school history.

Just before the 2019 season, Bailey told Korbin Thompson of the King James Radio Network – which broadcasts all Raiders’ games on the Internet – that he had a strong desire to play for Michigan or Penn State in the Big Ten.  There was also a thought he could end up at Rutgers after Greg Schiano was hired for a second tour of duty as head coach.

According to head coach Mike Cipot, Bailey also held offers from Power 5 schools like Boston College, Virginia Tech and Syracuse, and he was reported to be high on another MAC school’s priority list, in Toledo.  He also held an offer from Minnesota in the Big Ten.

Earlier this season, Cipot said he had been impressed with Bailey’s development from his tremendous junior year.  “Offensively, this is the best I’ve seen him so far.  He looks very determined when he runs the ball,” Cipot said.

“I knew this was what I wanted when I stepped foot on campus and talked to the coaches,” Bailey told Central Michigan Live, the Chippewas’ student publication. “I really think this is the place for me, and I know I’ll do big things at CMU.”

The Chippewas lost to Miami of Ohio in this year’s MAC title game in early December 26-21.  The MAC West Champs will take on San Diego State in the New Mexico Bowl this Saturday afternoon in Albuquerque.