Bailey: Vanderbilt definitely in mix

One of the top offensive linemen in the South, and a rising senior at Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville recently spoke with VandyMania about the Commodores and recruiting in general.

At 6-5 and 315-pounds, Preston Bailey has a college-ready frame, good athleticism for a player his size and the work ethic that coaches look for in prospects. Those are a few of the reasons he is rated a four-star prospect and the No. 20 offensive tackle in the nation, according to

He has attracted the attention of schools all over the nation and has earned offers from schools like Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Miami, South Carolina, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Ole Miss and Middle Tennessee.

"Not too much has changed recently (with regard to recruiting)," said Bailey. "Basically it's been the same all month. I'm mostly just getting a lot of mail and text messages, and I haven't had a chance to take any visits yet."

Bailey is currently with his family on vacation in Memphis, and will return home this coming Sunday. Things could heat up after that.

"We had talked about me taking it easy this summer, because I have a pretty hectic schedule as it is during the week," he explained. "But I think I will take a few visits. Nothing is set in stone, but I'm trying to set up a visit to Louisville. I might take a visit to Georgia Tech, then I'll try to get out to Michigan towards the end of July. If I can work it in I'll get down to Clemson and South Carolina too."

Being from Nashville, Bailey doesn't have much of a need to take visits, official or unofficial, to Vanderbilt. He has been around the campus for a long time, and has a good feel for what they have to offer.

"I haven't eliminated anyone yet, so yes, Vanderbilt is definitely still in the mix. It's a local school and they offer a great education. They have people going to school there from all over the world, so it's great in that regard. I've been up there plenty of times for football and basketball games, and I'm good friends with a couple of guys that play there now. Through them I've met some of the other guys on the team. Matt Bubis graduated from my high school and he's introduced me to a lot of guys.

"The only drawback would be their win-loss record over the years. Being a competitor, I'm going to need them to show me they've got it going in the right direction this year. If that happens they could definitely be right up there."

Bailey, who could receive even more offers in the coming weeks, has pinpointed three areas he will focus on when he takes his visits.

"I'll probably take a couple of visits during my senior season, then the rest afterwards. In terms of what I'm looking for, I'll break it down into three areas. First, academics. That's going to be the most important thing. Secondly, I'll look at the coaching staff and the players there, and see what kind of chemistry there is. Finally I'll look at the atmosphere of the school. I'll ask myself if I could go there even if I wasn't playing football." Top Stories