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Vols QB commit Harrison Bailey talks recruiting efforts, new physique

Harrison Bailey
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After suffering a season-ending collar bone injury last fall, Rivals100 Tennessee quarterback commit Harrison Bailey came into the offseason with some lofty goals in mind. He wanted to shed some weight and work on his speed. And after weighing in at 219 pounds and running a 40 in the 4.8-second range, Bailey is feeling good about where he is heading into his final high school season. Rivals.com recently caught up with him to talk about his offseason work, as well as his efforts to bolster the Vols 2020 recruiting class.

IN HIS WORDS

"Everything is going great with Tennessee. I'm just focusing on getting better and helping us get a lot of talent in this class."

Efforts as a recruiter: "I've missed on a couple guys already and that hasn't sat too well with me, because I could have sworn that a couple of guys we for sure had in the bag and they ended up going elsewhere. I'm going to make sure that doesn't keep happening. I'm working on my teammates B.J. Ojulari and Arik Gilbert, they're going to put the fanbase at ease when they commit. They're my teammates and I have a good relationship with both of them. They like Tennessee so it doesn't get much better than that."

Paintball experience: "I was up there for the paintball recently and that was a pretty fun experience. It was one of the coolest events I've ever been to. They set up a paintball arena on the practice fields and we played with the coaches and recruits and stuff.

Best paintball skills among Vols coaches: "The coaches were all equally bad at paintball. Coach Rumph, he was sitting there just hiding behind something shooting his gun and not even looking just hoping he was going to hit somebody. Coach Pruitt wasn't bad, he just lost track of his surroundings. He would get behind something to hide and his whole back would be exposed and we would just be sitting there spraying him. Coach Ansley was the best coach, he was a little bit slick when he played."

Best paintball skills among recruits in attendance: "I think I was the best guy there in terms of the recruits and paintball skills. I'm not gonna lie. I've played a few times so I knew what I was doing. Arik was a little scared because he had never played before. Before each game I would just shoot him in the leg so he would know what it felt like.

New physique: "I workout every day. I'm always doing running or some type of cardio. Doing distance some days and sprints other days. I'm lifting every day, too. Just watching what I eat and cutting back on junk food. Going into spring ball I was 228 and now I'm down to 219. Last year I was 235 so I've lost a lot."

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