NASHVILLE, Tenn.- Offensive line prospect Preston Bailey of Montgomery Bell Academy holds multiple scholarship offers and is getting serious attention from a number of other programs.
Ole Miss, Vanderbilt, Tennessee, Clemson and Middle Tennessee State have offered the 6-foot-5, 315-pounder a scholarship.
"There are a few schools that stand out," Bailey said. "But I am just staying open for right now."
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The Tennessee Vols, led by offensive coordinator and Nashville-are recruiter David Cutcliffe, also have caught Bailey's eye early.
"It's pretty hard to look past Tennessee," Bailey said. "You can't beat the stadium. You can't beat 107,000 people each and every Saturday. It's also close enough to home to where my family can come see me play. I like the coaches, the campus and the environment up there."
Bailey's high school teammate, fullback/linebacker prospect Ben Bartholomew, is an early commitment to the Vols for the Class of 2008.
Bailey has attended only one Junior Day so far, and that was down West End Avenue in Nashville to Vanderbilt.
"It's one of the great academic schools in the country," Bailey said. "It's also an SEC school on the rise that produces great student athletes."
Ted Cain is Bailey's recruiter of record for the Commodores.
Auburn, which has pulled offensive lineman Mike Berry and defensive end A.J. Greene out of the Nashville are during the past two recruiting cycles, also is in on Bailey.
"I am going to Auburn for their spring game," he said.
An academic program at Clemson has the Tigers in the mix.
"I heard about Clemson through academics," he said. "They have a great architectural engineering program. That's the original thing that attracted me to Clemson."
Rivals.com National Top 25 recruiter Billy Napier is the recruiter of record for the Tigers.
Ole Miss also is a team that has made an early push for Bailey.
"I noticed that they are also a team that is on the rise in the SEC," he said. "Coach Ed Orgeron has them headed in the right direction."
Hugh Freeze is recruiting Bailey for the Rebels.
Bailey talked about his abilities as a player and also about his goals for the offseason.
"I have great footwork for my size and I am a hard worker," he said. "I am going to be there at the end of the fourth quarter. This offseason, I am hoping to get my weight down to right at 300 (pounds)."
Bailey also competes in throwing events for Montgomery Bell's track and field team and plays basketball.