OL Zack Bailey of Summerville decided at the last minute Friday to drive up to Clemson with an assistant coach for the All-In Cookout, and he's glad he did.
"No one even knew I was coming up," Bailey said Saturday night. "I ended up winning the eating contest. I just hung out with the guys and we dance on the dance floor and played a little cornhole. It was rainy up there but it was still nice to be up there. Everyone there was having fun and I had a real good time." Bailey did not stay the night returning home around 2:00 AM Saturday.
Bailey is down to Clemson, USC and Georgia and he plans to get to Georgia soon though doesn't have a date. As for USC, Bailey said he might visit Sunday as part of a trip to Williams-Brice Stadium for the High School Sports Report Media Day. He'll make that decision Sunday morning.
Bailey said he's using these visits to give himself a first hand look at what life would be like for him at the particular schools. '
"You've got to speak to the players you are going to be playing with," Bailey said. "You've got to understand if you like the players that they have recruited and if you are going to get along with them because you're going to spend the next four or five years with them."
Bailey said the Clemson visit didn't affect his thinking about the school or the program one way or another and he still does not have an order with his final three.
"It goes back and forth pretty much every day," he said. "We you go see a college it has pros and cons. We you get recruited you develop relationships with certain people. There is no real order you could say. I'm trying to break it down really."
Bailey wants to make his decision before football season but said if he doesn't feel ready by then he'll wait until he's absolutely sure on a school.