Tide Commitment One of Lakeland's Best

The University of Alabama received a commitment from one of the top programs in the country when Lakeland's (Fla.) Jamar Taylor gave his verbal pledge to the Tide. Running back coach Frank Webster had plenty to say about his talented player for the Dreadnaughts.

"He doesn't like to lose," coach Webster said of Jamar Taylor. "Doesn't matter if it is a drill in practice and most certainly on a Friday night. Hard working and needs a little motivation every now and then, but that's any kid. For the most part he loves to win, loves to be competitive. He's a good, hard-working kid."

"He's coachable. He's always looking for a better way to do something."

Coach Webster sees Taylor on a daily basis and definitely knows the strengths of one of his star players.

"Being competitive, just his sheer competitiveness," Webster said. "I think that's his biggest strength. He wants to be better than the next guy."

"He's a real good back for us coming out of the backfield. He's got great hands. One of the drills I do, we do, some pass route, scat routes and radar bubble routes--he loves doing that. He always wants to show off and try to catch the ball one-handed. I get back on him about using two hands."

The position coach knows Taylor's strengths, and he also knows what he wants him to improve.

"This year I would like to see him improve on blocking," Webster said. "His pass protection is great, but his actual attack run blocking can use a little bit of improvement. He's getting a lot better. He's probably about 85% better than what he was last year. He's really worked on that and got a lot better during the off-season."

"Wow," Webster exclaimed when asked of his expectations of Taylor on the next level. "I expect him to be 'the man' for Alabama , I really do. I really look to see him be the feature running back. I think it's very much attainable by Jamar. He's just going to have to carry on what he's been doing here, at Lakeland, and just keep getting better each day."

Coach Webster has a loaded backfield with Taylor and Scout.com four-star Florida verbal commitment Chris Rainey. He tells how it feels to have this much talent.

"A dream," he said. "It's not too many times you get one running back that is a Division-I prospect. Then to have two in the same year and two years back-to- back, well it's unheard of. I'm thinking about retiring because I don't think I'll ever be able to match that."

"It's been a pleasure. It's been an honor. It's been a great experience. It's their hard work and their physical ability. I just kind of steer them. I haven't taught them anything that they haven't been blessed with by God. I just try to head them in the right direction. Just tweak the finer points of it."

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