Chad Simmons

Alabama surprises Georgia linebacker Tyler Taylor with an offer

Alabama had a lot of big names on their campus Saturday. One may not have been Tyler Taylor when he arrived, but his name is much bigger now because he has been offered by the Crimson Tide...

On Saturday, linebacker Tyler Taylor took a trip to Tuscaloosa (Ala.) and he had a great time.

It was Sunday though, when the 6-foot-2, 226 pound playmaker out of Buford (Ga.) Lanier really lit up.

"Alabama offered me," Taylor said a day after his visit.  "Coach [Jeremy] Pruitt (Defensive coordinator/Linebacker coach) is the coach who offered and it was a hige surprise to be honest.

"I was just going to see how a prestigious school like Alabama ran things.  Coach Pruitt then told me he really enjoyed my film, he said he was happy that I visited, and then he offered me."

Like most prospects that visit Alabama, Taylor was impressed with the facilities.  He called them "unbelievable".

But it was not that, that stood out most to the new Crimson Tide target.

"The speech from coach [Nick] Saban regarding being a team with a passion to win stood out the most," said Taylor.  "He talked about that, and about players that work hard make their dreams come true.  That speech stood out."

Now that Alabama has offered, Taylor has high interest.  He is not ready to call the Tide his leader though.

"Alabama is not on top for me because they offered me.  Recruiting is still somewhat new to me, so I do not have a leader, but they are high on my chart."

Taylor could play inside or outside linebacker in college.  He plays both positions now and he has a great frame with an 83-inch wingspan.

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