Vols shopping in Memphis

Bobby Billingsley

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It is hard to imagine that any high school in the state of Tennessee has a more intimidating offensive line than East (Tenn.) High in Memphis.

With four-star tackle prospect Christian Morris on one side and three-star center prospect Bobby Billingsley anchoring the line at center they are a powerful force.

Billingsley, the No. 7 center prospect in the 2013 class according to Scout.com, currently holds offers from Arkansas State, Memphis, Mississippi, Texas Tech, Marshall, Southern Illinois and Chattanooga.

He is also fielding interest from Alabama, Mississippi State, Arkansas and most recently Tennessee, who has been relentlessly recruiting the 6-foot-2, 275-pounder.

"Tennessee has been recruiting me really hard for about two or three weeks," Billingsley told InsideTennessee. "Coach Hinshaw is my recruiter there. It has been good so far and we have a good relationship. I am trying to get to know him and everything because I am really interested in going to Tennessee."

The Memphis, Tenn., native's interest in the Vols spawned at an early age with his parents sporting the Orange and White and grew by leaps and bounds when East alumni Dan Williams was drafted in the first round of the 2010 NFL draft.

"My parents are big fans of Tennessee football," Billingsley said. "Then when I got to high school a guy that went there, Dan Williams, got drafted in the first round. That really made me high on Tennessee."

The close proximity to home of several SEC schools, including Tennessee, is a big-time sell for Billingsley.

"It would mean a lot to me to play in the SEC because most of the schools aren't too far from where I live and it is one of the best conferences to play in," he said.

While Billingsley bounces around the offensive line for East, the Vols are recruiting him at guard.

"Tennessee is recruiting me at guard and center, but mostly as a guard," Billingsley said. "I play center, guard and tackle for my high school team. I go wherever they need me."

Billingsley, who reports a 2.5 GPA, considers himself as an aggressive player and wants to improve upon his strength for the next level.

"The best thing I have right now is just my footwork and I am an aggressive player," he said. "Going forward I want to prove to all the SEC schools that I am big and strong enough to play in SEC."

While the rising senior hasn't yet visited Tennessee, he hopes to do so in the coming weeks along with Morris.

"My teammate and I, Christian Morris, are going to head up there in the next couple of weeks," he said. "Coach Hinshaw wants me to come camp with them this summer too."

Billingsley along with Morris played a pivotal role along a line of blockers that paved the way for Vanderbilt signee Brian Kimbrow's being named a finalist for Class AAA Mr. Football Back of the Year.

You can see highlights from Billingsley's 2011 season below:

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