One of the biggest needs for Tennessee in the 2008 recruiting class is offensive linemen, and Tennessee got a big push in that department with the commitment of Montgomery Bell's Preston Bailey (the 2008 recruiting board will be updated at the earliest convenience, i.e., December).
I did a Google search for "Preston Bailey" and got this:
Preston moved to New York City in 1968 at the age of 19 and began his career in the design world as a fashion model, eventually opening a men's clothing boutique.
Pretty sure that's not our Preston Bailey. The Preston Bailey we're concerned with is 6-5 and 315 lbs., ranked as one of the best players in Tennessee and a top-30 offensive line prospect nationally, a three-star player by Scout, four-star via Rivals, and a 77 rating from ESPN.
According to the Tennessean, Bailey had planned visits to Miami, Florida, Michigan, and UT, but the latter two were the only schools he really considered:
"But in the back of my mind, there hadn't been any other school like UT. My mom felt comfortable with me being there and I wanted to be there. I thought I might as well make it official."
So Bailey's huge and intelligent, things you look for in offensive linemen, but there is a potential red flag:
"You don't know what's going to happen … so why not take something good in front of you?"
For right now, let's just hope Bailey's knee gets better. And somebody get the boy a book, he wants to learn.