Bailey watches practice and reveals a top 4

March 27, 2014 

Zack Bailey

C MICHAEL BERGEN — mbergen@thestate.com

Offensive lineman Zack Bailey of Summerville was an interested spectator at USC's practice Thursday afternoon.

He did talk with offensive line coach Shawn Elliott, primary recruiter Everette Sands and head coach Steve Spurrier, but his primary reason for making the drive up I-26 was to see what a Gamecock practice looked like and especially what Elliott was like in a practice session.

"I was seeing how the coaches react and interact with the player and how they coach," Bailey said. "I was seeing their style and if it matches you. Coach Elliott reminds me a lot of our coaching style now. He drives you over your capacity. At the end of the day everything he does is to get you better."

Bailey also got the chance to tour the campus and found it to be more compact than he had imagined. He's also been to Clemson for a junior day and wants to visit Georgia and Auburn. He will not be at USC or Clemson for a spring game because he'll be with family in Florida.

Right now Baily said he has a top four, in no order, of USC, Clemson, Auburn and Georgia. And he feels Thursday's visit to Columbia was a bonus for the Gamecocks.

"It definitely helped me," he said. "Seeing their practice shows me what they bring to the table."

Bailey said he would like to make his decision before the season but he has no definite date in mind.

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