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QB Buckeyes offered commits to Tennessee over Michigan

Marietta (Ga.) quarterback Harrison Bailey visited Ohio State in early June as did his teammate and Ohio State commitment, offensive lineman Jake Wray. Bailey flew up to Michigan at the time with his father and visited the Wolverines first. He then drove down to Columbus and visited Ohio State the next day, his second visit with the Buckeyes.

“It was good, better than the last time I visited,” Bailey said. “I got to sit down with coach (Urban) Meyer and get an even better relationship with him. I sat down with coach (Ryan) Day.”

Bailey liked what he heard from the Buckeyes’ co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

“You can tell he’s not going to be a quarterback run first team guy,” Bailey said. “He proved to me that the quarterback is not prioritized as run first. The quarterback chooses when he runs. That fits me.”

Bailey was definitely impressed with Day.

“Talking to coach Day was good,” Bailey said. “You can tell he’s a great coach. He knows what he is talking about. I’m looking forward to building a great relationship with him.”

However, later in the summer the Buckeyes landed a commitment from 2020 quarterback Jack Miller from Scottsdale (Ariz.) Chaparral and ended their hunt for a 2020 quarterback.

Bailey subsequently narrowed his choices down to Tennessee and Michigan and on Thursday afternoon announced he has committed to the Volunteers. Bailey made his announcement in the Marietta Performing Arts Center at Marietta High School.

The 6-foot-5 and 228-pound Bailey had 30 plus scholarship offers. His list also included Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Florida State, LSU and many others.

Bailey is a 4-star prospect in the 247Sports rankings. He is the country’s No. 59 overall 2020 prospect, the No. 3 pro-style quarterback, and the No. 7 prospect in Georgia.

Urban Meyer and his staff currently have 15 class of 2019 verbal commitments. The 15 are quarterback Dwan Mathis, running backs Steele Chambers and Marcus Crowley, wide receivers Garrett Wilson and Jameson Williams, tight end and H-back Cormontae Hamilton, offensive linemen Harry Miller, Doug Nester and Ryan Jacoby, defensive end Noah Potter, linebacker Cade Stover, defensive back Jordan Battle, safety/athletes Ronnie Hickman and Bryson Shaw, and athlete Craig Young. It is a class that is currently ranked No. 12 in the country in the 247Sports Composite recruiting rankings.

The Buckeyes also have seven class of 2020 commitments. The seven are quarterback Miller, wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba, running back Darvon Hubbard, offensive tackles Paris Johnson and Jake Wray, center/guard Luke Wypler and defensive back Lejond Cavazos. It is a class that is currently ranked No. 2 in the country in the 247Sports Composite recruiting rankings.

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