Tide commitment looking

Justin Taylor, three-star running back from Atlanta, Ga., had a lot of news to discuss Thursday afternoon. He talked of other schools recruiting him and concerns about his commitment. Andrew Bone has the latest with the Tide verbal pledge.


"I have not been able to get to Alabama this summer," said Justin Taylor. "I am supposed to go there in July. I have been keeping in touch with Coach Rumph. I told him 'Happy Father's Day'. I told all the coaches.

"The coaches are keeping in touch with me. They say they can't wait for me to get down there and see them."

Alabama isn't the only school staying in contact with Taylor which comes as no surprise.

"UGA and South Carolina have been on me real hard," he said. "I talk to coach McClendon from Georgia and coach Ward from South Carolina. They want me to come to their school. It's been crazy. They say they want me and need me.

"I actually took a visit to South Carolina in May. I just went for an unofficial visit. I talked to the running backs coach. He took me around the campus and showed me around.

"The trip was good. They showed me a lot of love. I like the area where the school is. I like the campus. Everything up there is really good. I enjoyed myself."

The University of Alabama is building depth across the board which has become the norm since Nick Saban's arrival in Tuscaloosa.

"I might take my official visits," said Taylor. "My commitment to Alabama is strong, but the only thing I have doubts about is the depth chart. It's deep. Once you look at it it's pretty scary. I didn't hesitate once I committted, but once I started looking at the depth chart it's big.

"I don't care if I play as a freshman. I am looking at the depth chart down the road. I have talked to coach Burns a lot about it. He said they have different categories. They have the Ingram/Richardson category, and then the Eddie Lacy/fullback type categeory. They also have the speed backs. He said I am in the Ingram/Richardson category. That made me feel real good.

Taylor plans to attend Dawg Night in Athens and will return to South Carolina for an unofficial visit in July. He is also working to become eligible at his new school.

"I have transferred to North Atlanta," said Taylor. "Our coach left our school. I felt like it was in my best interest to leave as well. I moved right after school. We are working on finalizing everything for the transfer."

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