With No. 9 Texas A&M in town to face the Gamecocks, the South Carolina coaching staff hosted a bevy of recruits for a dramatic game decided in the fourth quarter. Despite ending the night on a losing note against the Aggies, several recruits left Williams-Brice feeling optimistic that South Carolina fought well against a top-10 program all night long.
One of those was 2018 offensive lineman Bailey Presnell, who traveled to Columbia all the way from Daniel Boone High School in Gray (Tenn.), to watch the Gamecocks’ game. While at South Carolina, Presnell, who checks in as a 6-foot-3, 290-pound guard/tackle combo, thoroughly enjoyed his visit and spoke about the sights and sounds from last Saturday.
“It was unbelievable,” Presnell told Today’s U. “They treated me like a king. The facility is great and the atmosphere is breathtaking. The campus is beautiful. Overall, I was extremely happy with the whole visit.”
During his time in Columbia, Presnell had an opportunity to tour the facilities before the game and walked around Williams-Brice Stadium. It was then that the Tennessee junior recruit met with a few members of the Gamecocks’ coaching staff, those in charge of keeping the South Carolina team in shape.
“I spoke with the weight training staff and they showed me different techniques they use,” Presnell said.
On Saturday, the South Carolina offensive line blocked for the team’s first 100-yard rushing performance of the year by A.J. Turner, which impressed the visiting recruit.
“I thought they had good size and handled the pass rush great,” Presnell said. “They competed with Texas A&M talented defensive line and ran the ball well at times.”
Presnell mentioned that he plans to return to South Carolina for its game against Tennessee on October 29th. Apart from that scheduled visit, Presnell is intending to also visit Eastern Kentucky, Appalachian State, Memphis and “possibly” N.C. State during the football season.
“It’s been going well so far,” Presnell said of his recruitment. “I’ve really picked up my recruitment the past few weeks because I joined TN Gridiron Scouting. I’ve received invites from colleges: South Carolina, Memphis, Eastern Kentucky, ETSU, Liberty, NC State, and Appalachian State.”
As it pertains to his high school season, Presnell has exhibited several positive signs of his potential at the next level. Outside of his size, he has the relentless mentality necessary to bury crashing defensive lineman in addition to possessing a strong punch. These traits when in combination with his willingness to pull or apply blocks at the next level make Presnell an intriguing prospect at guard.
“It’s been great for me individually,” he said. “I seem to be dominating the line of scrimmage well. I hang my hat on getting off the ball, staying low, and giving relentless effort until the whistle. I strive for pancakes every single play.
“I personally love blocking for our impressive freshmen back Charlie Cole. I give my all for them, and they pay me back with touch downs and making me look good. I strive to be a nasty player with a dog mentality.”
This week, Daniel Boone (3-3) will take on Morristown-Hamblen East (3-3) at home and Presnell will have an opportunity to add to his quickly growing junior highlight tape.