Alabama Commitment Reports Monday

Lakeland fullback Jamar Taylor is leaving his high school days behind him with an awe inspiring three consecutive Florida 5A state championships and a winning streak of 45 games. He will enroll at the University of Alabama on Monday. Taylor spoke with about his commitment to Alabama and his new head coach.

"I'm glad to see that we got a good coach," Jamar Taylor said from Lakeland, (Fla.). "I'm ready to get there and see what it's going to be like. I want to get down there and compete and try to get a position."

Taylor went on to discuss his future head coach, "I like his coaching style. He's a good coach, and I like that he likes to run the football. It's a balanced attack. He's not going to just run or just pass, he's going to do both. He's big on defense, and I like that because I believe defense wins championships."

We asked Taylor if anything about the coaching change concerned him.

"The only thing is that often coaches play the players that they recruit," he said. "I hope they won't do that. I don't believe they will. I'm just going to go in there and do my best."

"My commitment to Alabama has always been firm," Taylor added.

Lakeland's St. Xavier victory in Ohio's Kirk Herbstreit Classic was a watershed event for Lakeland and showed a larger audience what Jamar Taylor was capable of doing. St. Xavier has a great team, and they were playing in their own backyard. They were successful in shutting down the wildly successful University of Florida verbal commitment Chris Rainey in the running back position, but fullback Jamar Taylor led his team to a gutsy overtime win that laid the path for Lakeland to win their second consecutive national title.

Taylor tells us of the game, "That was exciting. I like to play against big competition. It makes me compete harder."

The play-offs saw Taylor suffer an injury that would have put most players on the bench at the high school level, but not this gritty Dreadnaught.

"At some point, I strained or stretched my MCL," Taylor said. "I had a high ankle sprain. It was hard for me to run then."

Taylor's ankle injury is about 95-per cent now as he added, "I expect come spring football season I'll be at 100-per cent."

Taylor rushed for 1,062 yards and 13 touchdowns, while Chris Rainey the other thoroughbred in the backfield, accounted for another 2,000 yards. Rainey projects at the wide receiver or defensive back position in college while Taylor appears to have all the tools of a collegiate running back.

One of the nation's top defensive lineman, Lakeland's John Brown is the lone star not committed to a program, but Taylor would like to see him in Tuscaloosa.

"He won't give me any indication," Taylor said. "We'll know in February. He's supposed to visit Alabama next week."

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