Junior East OL liking Memphis Tigers

In the class of 2013, the City of Memphis, nationally regarded for the prep basketball players it churns out annually, is stocked with football talent.

East, Whitehaven, and Central have multiple FBS prospects – and University of Memphis targets -- on their respective rosters. One of those recruits is East OL Bobby Billingsley. He said Memphis is currently in his top three, along with Ole Miss and Mississippi State.

Billingsley said he's been dealing mostly with linebackers coach Galen Scott, who was retained from former coach Larry Porter's staff. Billingsley said he was relieved that Scott was held over.

"It was real good, because most times those guys get fired too and you don't have a chance to get to know the new coaches," he said.

He said Memphis signee and East teammate Latarius Brady has been selling him on Memphis, as well.

One of the most attractive factors at Memphis, Billingsley said, is their recent inclusion to the Big East. The Tigers will join as all-sports members beginning the 2013-2014 season.

"That's real important, because a lot of players didn't come because of Conference USA," he said. "The Big East, I think, is gonna make kids in Memphis think harder about staying home." Billingsley has two teammates at East, Marcus Robinson and Herbert Moore, who he said are also heavily considering the Tigers.

The 6-foot-2, 265-pound lineman said he's not anywhere close to a decision, but that he knows what he's looking for in a school.

"I just gotta have a good relationship with the coaching staff," Billingsley said. "I gotta feel comfortable and the school has to fit my style of play."

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