Look out defense linemen in the state of Texas – there's a stronger, faster and better Curtis Bailey coming at you.
Bailey, a four-star offensive tackle ranked by Rivals.com as the No. 15 player at his position, has slimmed down to 340 pounds on his 6-foot-7 frame. He's also increased his strength and his overall game.
"I'm now bench-pressing 390 pounds and my squat is at 475 pounds," Bailey said.
Article Continues Below
"I've also been working hard on my take offs and my scoop blocking. With the technique, you have to work hard on stepping the right way and practicing the little stuff. I feel I'm a more complete blocker than what I was at this time last year."
Bailey, also ranked as the No. 28 player overall in Texas and a Rivals250 player, is ready to get his season started and with a scrimmage this Saturday he's ready to finally show his new and improved game.
"We open the season against Arlington Sam Houston, but we have a scrimmage against (Arlington) Bowie on Saturday," Bailey said. "I just want to get out there and hit somebody."
While prepping for his senior season, Bailey has been thinking about all the choices he has to make when it comes to recruiting. He said he's zeroed in on four "for sure" schools for official visits.
"I'm going to visit Oklahoma, Notre Dame, Miami and Nebraska," Bailey said. "I really haven't found the fifth school."
He has offers on the table from Nebraska and Oklahoma in that top four, but he said he's hoping to get an offer from the Irish and possibly the Canes. He said coach Michael Haywood has been e-mailing him and telling him to hang on because an offer should come soon. He doesn't know when Miami will offer.
At this point, Bailey said he's developed a great relationship with coach Kevin Wilson at Oklahoma and calls him his favorite coach so far that he talks to.
"He's really a good guy," Bailey said. "I really enjoy talking to him."
Bailey is just one of at least five Division I prospects on the Carter roster.
"Demarcus Love and I go up against each other all the time," Bailey said. "He's been hurt, though, because he pulled his groin last week. He's a really good player. I know he has offers from K-State and UTEP.
"Adrian Hamilton, our linebacker, is going to Oklahoma State now. But he was telling everybody the other day that he's going to change his mind or something and take all of his official visits.
"Guess he wants to go through the process like me."