Bobby Billingsley talks Vanderbilt

Bobby Billingsley played a vital role this season in the success of the offensive line at Memphis East. The rushing attack of the Mustangs averaged 242.6 yards-per-game on the year. Billingsley, a 6-foot-2, 265-pound guard in the class of 2013, continued to get better in all aspects of his game.


"I became more aggressive, had quicker feet, and developed a stronger punch," said Bobby Billingsley. "Next year I'm planning on switching to center. I think [the move] will help attract more recruiting attention. I've already been working on snaps and feel good about where I'm at."

Billingsley has heard from SEC schools Kentucky, LSU, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Arkansas, and Vanderbilt. He's also received interest from Missouri, Louisville, Notre Dame, and Arkansas State.

"What I want to see from a college is family atmosphere and great tradition like they have at Alabama and Vanderbilt," Billingsley said. "More importantly, I want a school that fits my style of play--fast and punches you in the mouth. Also, a school that does not care if a guy is 6-foot-2 or 6-foot-10."

Billingsley opened a lot of holes during the year for Brian Kimbrow to run through. Kimbrow is Vanderbilt-bound following graduation. Billingsley is also a fan of what's going on with the Commodore program under James Franklin.

"Coach (Wesley) McGriff [from Vanderbilt] has come by my high school," said Billingsley. "I think it's a program that's going to keep getting better in the next couple of years. It's a school I'd like to be at for the next four years.

"Arkansas State is another school I like that hasn't won big, but continues to get better. I want to go to a program on the rise and help it reach the next level."

Billingsley was invited with teammate Herbert Moore to the elite U.S. Army Combine held in San Antonio's Alamadome January 5th-7th. This summer Billingsley will probably hit camps at Missouri, Ole Miss, Notre Dame and Arkansas State. He says the Red Wolves have expressed a lot of early interest and he likes position coach, Darren Hiller. Billingsley, however, isn't ready to name favorites just yet and looking forward to enjoying his senior year at East.

"My senior goals are to be 1st team All-State," said Billingsley, "and become an All-American, which I am capable of being, but most people only look at my height. Most of all I want to win State with Herbert Moore and sign with a successful program like my teammates Will Redmond [to Mississippi State] and Brian Kimbrow."

After a 7-3 regular season, the Mustangs fell by a field goal to Clarksville Northeast in the first round of the Tennessee 5A playoffs. Billingsley has a max bench of 275, a max squat of 425, and a max power clean of 225. He wears No. 55 for the East Mustangs.

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