Since his decommitment from Georgia in mid-December, Bailey Hockman has received plenty of attention from a number of schools eager for his talented skillset—but his most recent school visit to Rocky Top this past weekend helped to solidify Tennessee as one of the top five options for the Scout four-star.
The university hosted the Scout No. 19-ranked quarterback prospect on campus during Saturday’s junior day event, where he toured the school’s athletic facilities, stepped onto the Neyland Stadium field as well as spent plenty of time talking about the potential for his talent in the Big Orange football program.
“(The visit) just consolidated what I thought about it and it’s obviously a really good place,” Hockman said. “I mean they’re top 3, top 4. They’re definitely in there.”
The 6-foot-2, 186-pound junior said that his biggest draw to Tennessee lies in the fact that he could be given lots of opportunity early on at a “big school.”
“It’s a really good position to able to just walk in and maybe be the guy freshman year,” Hockman said. “I mean that’s huge. Joshua Dobbs will be a senior (this fall) and (the position) would be pretty open. I would obviously have to compete for the job, but there would be a pretty good chance that I could come in and be the guy.”
Tennessee offensive coordinator Mike DeBord speaks to the Powder Springs, Georgia, native often. Hockman stated that the two speak “once or twice a week,” and have a close relationship.
The left-hander possesses a strong arm and a quick-release as well as a high football I.Q., making him a highly sought-after prospect in the 2017 class. He has interest from several top-ranked schools and has offers from Alabama, Florida, Florida State and North Carolina, to name a few.
Since decommitting from Georgia, the Scout 300 member made several visits to prospective schools including Florida State, and plans to make more visits in the near future.
“I’ll probably go to Alabama soon,” Hockman said. “They’ve been calling a bunch.”
The top 5 schools on his list are—in no order—Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, North Carolina and Tennessee.
The No. 7-ranked signal caller in the South said another visit to Rocky Top is likely to take place in the future.
A second declaration could come from the McEachern (Ga.) High School prior to his senior season.
"Possibly before the summer, but I mean it could be all the way up until the season progresses."