JUCO DL Taylor on Campus

After a somewhat quiet recruitment, Alabama has added former Under Armour All-America and Georgia defensive tackle Jonathan Taylor to its class of 2015.

BamaMag spoke with Jonathan Taylor on Tuesday evening, the day before he was to reportedly enroll at the University of Alabama, and the transfer prospect said he hadn’t made a college decision nor did he have any plans of attending classes at another college.

However, on Wednesday morning, Taylor was spotted on campus by one source close to the situation. The source expects Taylor to begin classes on campus, where he is also slated to continue his football career.

Alabama has since made the transfer official, announcing the January enrollees Wednesday.


Taylor at the 2012 Under Armour practices.

Currently ranked as the No. 47 Junior College recruit overall by Scout, the 6-foot-5, 335-pound Taylor holds a three-star rating as a 2015 prospect. In addition to Alabama, he held offers from LSU, Mississippi State and Louisville after just one season at Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Mississippi. There, Taylor was a first-team MACJC All-State selection with 44 tackles, including 11 for loss and 4.5 sacks in 2014.

Signing with Georgia as a Scout100 four-star defensive tackle recruit in the class of 2012, with a redshirt season to follow, Taylor saw the field in 2013 and recorded nine tackles, including 1.5 for loss and a sack. Before a third campaign in Athens would begin, he was dismissed by Mark Richt following a second arrest in 2014. The original arrest was on a theft by deception charge, while the second was for felony aggravated assault/family violence in July.

At Co-Lin this past fall, however, Coach Glenn Davis reported no off-field incidents to Scout’s Hunter Paniagua.

“He’s done great for us,” Davis said. “He’s a really good kid. A great big teddy bear is what he is. He did a great job for us in the middle of our defense, really separated us from where we were because of him being in the middle and being that guy that can stop the run.”

Taylor, who majored in sociology at UGA, will have two seasons of football eligibility remaining.

Later Wednesday, Alabama is expected to include Taylor in a press release with details on all of its prospects that have enrolled mid-year.

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