Another major Southeastern Conference power has started to show serious interest in Nashville (Tenn.) Montgomery Bell Academy offensive line prospect Preston Bailey.
Florida offensive line coach John Hevesy evaluated Bailey on film and indicated to the talented Tennessean that an offer from the Gators is forthcoming.
"He watched my highlight tape," Bailey said. "He said I can expect it in writing within the next three weeks. They've got to get in touch with the school and get my transcripts and all that before they can make it official."
Florida's interest and potential offer excited the 6-foot-5, 315-pounder.
"I'm very interested in Florida," he said. "That's a big-time program. When you have three National Championships in 364 days, even though two of them were in another sport, that's what it's all about.
"That program down there is all about winning and I like what coach Urban Meyer is doing with it."
Meyer and Hevesy are expected to be in the Music City in the coming weeks to personally observe/scout Bailey.
Another SEC coaching star also is supposed to be in Nashville soon. Tennessee head coach Phillip Fulmer will be in town next week.
"I think he's going to be up here on Tuesday," Bailey said.
Colorado also has started to show interest in Bailey and the Buffaloes are expected to offer soon.
"They said the same thing that Florida did," he said. "Their new offensive line coach likes my film a lot."
In addition to the Vols, Bailey holds offers from Clemson, Ole Miss, Miami (Fla.), South Carolina, Vanderbilt and Middle Tennessee State.