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Thursday, January 17, 2013
Bobby Billingsley to hit the road

By Dave Hooker

Two SEC visits are on the docket for Bobby Billingsley.

The center from Memphis (Tenn.) East confirmed to ESPN that he will take an official visit to Ole Miss this weekend and might take an official visit to Tennessee on Jan. 25. Billingsley has long been in contact with the Rebels. He's certainly been impressed with their 2013 recruiting class, which is ranked No. 19 in the nation and added four-star receiver Laquon Treadwell from Crete (Ill.) Monee on Thursday.

"It's definitely a great class," Billingsley said. "Got a lot of good talent and lots of guys that if I were to go there would make me better each day in practice."

According to one of Billingsley's coaches, Marcus Wimbley, the Volunteers started making a strong push recently. The move makes sense, as offensive line is a key need for Tennessee.

Tennessee will have a veteran-laden offensive line this season, which means they'll have several linemen to replace in 2014 without much current depth behind them. The Vols have five offensive lineman committed. Taking another is not out of the realm of possibility.

Billingsley already has a good feel for his primary recruiter, Mark Elder. The former Cincinnati coach recruited Billingsley to be a Bearcat before accepting a job at Tennessee.

Billingsley also has some insight into Tennessee's rebuilding football program. He's gotten to be good friends with two Vols commitments: defensive lineman Jason Carr from Memphis (Tenn.) White Station and athlete Jalen Reeves-Maybin from Clarksville (Tenn.) Northeast. From other prospects, Billingsley has heard good reviews about Tennessee's new coaching staff, especially head coach Butch Jones and offensive line coach Don Mahoney.

"Butch Jones and Mahoney are great coaches and have big plans for UT," Billingsley stated. Coach Elder is a real cool, down-to-earth and straight forward guy which is what I like."

The Vols are planning to have two instances to woo Billingsley. Mahoney is scheduled to visit East High School next week before Billingsley official visit.