It was the biggest player off the Big Red who is headed to the Big Orange.
Mammoth Montgomery Bell Academy senior offensive tackle Preston Bailey has decided to sign with Tennessee, making his decision known at a news conference at MBA Wednesday morning.
“It was between Tennessee and Michigan, and I just felt more comfortable going with Tennessee, my home state,’’ said the 6-5, 310-pound Bailey, whose team opened the season with a win over Antioch last Friday.
“I wanted to get this out of the way in August so I can completely put my focus on football and winning the state championship,’’ Bailey said, just after finishing a round of TV interviews.
Bailey appeared at the press conference with teammate Ben Bartholomew, an outstanding fullback/linebacker, who announced for Tennessee in December.