Despite having never stepped foot on the Tennessee campus, Terrell Bailey made a decision back in September that Rocky Top was going to become his next home.
The Scout three-star prospect from the 2017 class will finally have the chance to experience Big Orange Country when he makes his official visit to Knoxville on the weekend of Jan. 13.
The 5-foot-11, 175-pound cornerback had as much assurance as he needed in his relationships with Vols’ running backs coach Robert Gillespie and defensive backs coach Willie Martinez to pledge to the Big Orange.
“I’m close with both of them,” the defensive back told InsideTennessee. “We’re always talking.
“I have a great relationship with the coaches.”
At the end of November, the two coaches made their way to Marrero, Louisiana, to see the No. 21-ranked cornerback in the South for a home visit.
Not only is he building relationships with coaches, but the No. 6 cornerback in Louisiana has taken advantage of the opportunity to get to know some of his future Team 121 teammates, too.
“Everyone that is committed to Tennessee is in a group message, so we talk on there," Bailey said.
Apart from connecting with the Big Orange staff, there was another point of interest.
“I have a good chance of playing earlier,” he said.
Gone after the 2016 season are Orange & White defensive backs Malik Forman and Cameron Sutton. Left behind are vacancies across the secondary. Bailey’s frame paired with his physical style of play and corner skills could provide Tennessee with a boost to its secondary.
The John Ehret (La.) High School standout is also doing his part to bring another bayou-based prospect with him to Knoxville. That talent is a Scout four-star quarterback Keytaon Thompson from Landry-Walker (La.) High School.
“He committed to Mississippi State,” Bailey said. “I’ve been trying to get him to switch over.”
As recruiting heats up with National Signing Day approaching on Feb. 1, the future Vol noted that he has been hearing from several other schools quite often.
“A couple of schools have been trying to get me to come," said Bailey, listing Arizona, Colorado, Mississippi State and Vanderbilt among the schools that have been pursuing him the most.
Aside from Tennessee, Bailey currently has no other official visits set up.