Preston Bailey Takes First Summer Visit

Four-star OL Preston Bailey, from Montgomery Bell Academy, took his first unofficial visit of the summer this weekend. With more visits in the works, Preston first drove to Atlanta to see the Georgia Tech campus and meet with the coaches.

Four-star OL Preston Bailey, from Montgomery Bell Academy, took his first unofficial visit of the summer this weekend. With more visits in the works, Preston first drove to Atlanta to see the Georgia Tech campus and meet with the coaches.

Preston, who's being recruited to GT by OL Coach Joe D'Alessandris, talks about the visit. "I got a chance to meet and sit down and talk with Coach (Chan) Gailey," said Bailey. "I went around the campus – saw the facilities, saw the weight room, the locker room, learned a lot about the academics – even though it speaks for itself. I also got the campus tour."

The visit took place all on Saturday and afterwards Preston watched some of the GT individual camp that was going on at the Rose Bowl – GT practice facilities. "I just got a little bit of the camp and then I came back home," said Bailey.

In conversations with the Tech coaches, one aspect stood out to Preston. "One of the things they emphasized on a lot and I keyed in on was the combination of good athletics and good academics… and how their student-athletes perform as well in the classroom as they do in the field," said Bailey. "That's just one thing that stood out."

For his first time to ever see the GT in person, Preston gave his impressions of the campus. "I thought it was very nice," said Bailey. "A lot of people talk about how the campus is so nice and it seems like a home in itself and you don't realize that you're right down the street from downtown Atlanta. And I really got that feeling from being on the campus."

Preston's schedule this summer hasn't allowed him to get out to see schools until now. "I finally get the chance to take some visits… I'll be taking another visit next weekend up to Michigan, so I'm still going through the process," said Bailey.

There will probably be more visits for Preston to take in the future and he named some other schools he could possibly visit down the road as well. "Possibly I'd also like to take visits to Clemson and South Carolina – and see what it's like down there, and maybe Alabama or Florida – it just depends on how things stand up," said Bailey.

The offers have been coming in for Preston, who will probably see that number grow a good bit before it's all said and done. "So far, actually, I just have 8 offers," said Bailey. "I've got them from Ole Miss, Vanderbilt, Middle Tennessee State, Tennessee, Clemson, South Carolina, Miami, and Georgia Tech."

He's still pretty early in his recruiting process, so Preston hasn't put together a favorites list just yet. "No sir, I don't really have a top list or a top 5 or anything like that," said Bailey. "I'm just trying to get as much information on each school as possible so I can make a good decision."

Don't look for an early decision coming from Preston. He wants to take all of his visits, "so I can really have a good sense of each school for when I do decide to make that top 5," said Bailey.

Preston has laid out some of the characteristics he wants to see from a school in order for them to make his list. It's a well thought out list and one he'll use as a sort of checklist when taking visits.

"I kind of narrowed it down to 3 areas and the first of those three is academics because I'm using football as a means to get an education, not the other way around," said Bailey. "After that, I look at the coaching staff and the actual football team, and the players and so forth. I see the chemistry that they have amongst one another to see if I can see myself being on their team. And third, I look at the atmosphere of the campus and just the overall environment and just try to picture myself going to whatever the school is even if I wasn't playing football."

"I kind of make a mental note of each school of each area after I take my visit," said Bailey. With that in mind and being fresh off the GT visit, how did they stack up?

"Just off of what I saw, they met all three of those conditions of the checklist," said Bailey. "They have top flight academics – one of the best around. And they also showed me some great potential about their football team that a lot of school haven't had the chance to. And then third I got a chance to meet the players and see how they interact amongst each other and just getting to know a little bit about their relationship with the coaches and so forth."


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