Tennessee OL Hoping to Visit USC
Montgomery Bell Academy (Nashville, TN) 4-star offensive lineman Preston Bailey is rated by Scout.com as the #20 offensive tackle in America this recruiting year, and the 6'5", 315 pound Bailey has the offer list to back it up. With scholarships on the table from South Carolina, Clemson, Tennessee, Miami, Georgia Tech, Ole Miss and others, Bailey has his pick of where to play major Division-I football on the college level. With such an elite group of schools pursuing him, Bailey said he's hoping to make a number of visits throughout the month of July to see first hand what the different programs have to offer.
"Right now recruiting is going good. Everything's going steady." said Bailey. "I plan on making a few visits during the month of July. Nothing's set in stone, but as of now I'm looking at taking trips to Louisville, Georgia Tech, Michigan and maybe towards the end of the month going down to Clemson and South Carolina."
Despite never having visited South Carolina, the athletic lineman already has a positive impression of the direction that Steve Spurrier has the Gamecock program headed in, and he's looking forward to seeing Columbia for the first time.
"They're a very good, up-and-rising program. Coach Spurrier's there, and ever since he's been there, he's made a positive impact. They had a heck of a recruiting class come in this year, and they've had some pretty big wins within the SEC. I definitely recognize what they're doing down there, and I‘m looking forward to visiting them."
According to Bailey, he has also developed a strong bond with his Gamecock recruiter, Steve Spurrier Jr. through the recruiting process.
"Coach Spurrier Jr. is my recruiter. He's a pretty charismatic guy. He's very lively and has a lot of energy. He's a very good recruiter, and so far I like him a lot."
While the Gamecocks are firmly on his radar right now, Bailey is keeping an open mind in regards to naming favorites.
"I don't have any favorites right now. At the moment, I'm just staying open to each school to see what they all have to offer."
Bailey's summer visits will likely go a long way in helping him determine which schools he is most interested in, and according to Bailey, he knows exactly what he will be looking for when visiting the different campuses.
"I kind of break it down to three areas before I visit a school or look at a school. First and foremost, I check out the academics. I'm there to get an education, not the other way around. Secondly, I look at the coaching staff and the players to see if I could see myself fitting within their system. The chemistry with the coaches is always important. Thirdly, I look at the atmosphere of the college just to see if I could picture myself going to that school even if I wasn't playing football. That's about it."
With plans of taking all five official visits, Bailey warns not to expect a decision from him until after his senior season has finished up.
"As of now, I'm looking right at the end of my senior season. I kind of want to take all my visits, and then after that, I'll sit down with my parents and my different mentors and make a decision."
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