A Britt family reunion

Better late than never. <br><br>Though he originally signed with UAB out of high school, Taylor Britt decided to make it a family affair by transferring to Alabama to play for the Tide and with his older brother Wesley.

Taylor, a 6-5, 278, defensive tackle/offensive lineman from Cullman High School in Cullman, Alabama always wanted to play for Alabama, but when no scholarship was available he signed with UAB.

He had shown consistent improvement throughout his high school career. Upon graduation he stood 6-3, weighed 235 pounds, and ran a 4.98 forty. He graded 87 percent blocking efficiency as a senior on offense, while leading the entire Cullman county area with 120 tackles on defense and making the All State team.

Britt has experience at defensive tackle, or he could join his brother on the Alabama offensive line.

As a high school senior he bench pressed 310 pounds, squatted 410, and deadlifted 420---along with a vertical jump 28 inches. But all of those numbers have increased following a growth spurt in college.

Taylor was only 17 years old upon graduating high school and entering college. His bench press is now up to 400, he squats 550, his latest vertical jump was measured at 31 inches, and Britt has gotten faster as well, clocking 4.89 in the forty.

He redshirted at UAB, but in the spring game Taylor posted three sacks without any practice on defense. However, it was his lifelong dream to play for Alabama. And when he made up his mind that he wanted to transfer, Coach Watson Brown told him he needed to go with his heart and released Britt from his scholarship.

The younger Britt was evaluated by the Alabama coaching staff (with the permission of Coach Watson Brown and the UAB Compliance Office). And Coach Fran and Coach Torbush both liked what they saw.

Taylor's decision to join his brother at Alabama was supported by his family. Now at least, mother and father's Saturday travel schedule will be simplified.

Britt has already enrolled at Alabama as a transferred walk on and will be eligible for any scholarship that becomes available. "Tuscaloosa is great," Britt said. "So far I like everything about it."

He will have to sit out next year, but should be ready to go in 2003.

In high school competition in 2000, Britt set a state indoor track record in the shot put.

Britt carries a 3.5 GPA and scored 21 on the ACT.

He joins his brother, Wesley Britt in Tuscaloosa but their younger brother, Justin, could also be a major recruit in two years. "Justin isn't quite as big as me," Wesley said. "But he's more athletic."


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