Four-Star DT Enjoys Auburn Visit

Big defensive tackle Jonathan Taylor talks about his unofficial visit to Auburn.

Millen, Ga.--One of the top defensive tackle prospects in the country took an unofficial visit to Auburn on Wednesday and said he enjoyed everything about the experience. A four-star prospect, big Jonathan Taylor from Jenkins County High made the trip to Auburn along with teammate James Deloach and had nothing but positives to say about his time on the Plains.

"It went really pretty good for the second time over," Taylor said. "I got to spend some quality time with the coaches, the staff and the players. That was pretty nice.

"What I like about Auburn is they have nice players and coaching staff and facilities," he added. "They have nice people that can teach you. It's just nice."

Already very familiar with Auburn when Tracy Rocker was coaching the defensive line, Taylor said one of the biggest things about the visit was having the chance to get to know new coach Mike Pelton.

"I think it was real important," Taylor said. "He came in and is putting in some new defenses. I thought it was really important to get to know him.

"He said he really wanted us at Auburn," he noted. "He said I could be the next Nick Fairley and come and do things and help him out on defense."

In addition to sitting down and talking with Pelton about football and life off the field, Taylor said watching him coach and seeing the team in action on the field was important for him.

"It was good to go and watch the new players and some of the older players that I already knew from watching them," Taylor said. "They're slacking on defense a little bit and I know it's going to be real important for them to get defensive guys in to help them win championships."

Auburn, Alabama, Georgia, Georgia Tech, LSU and Tennessee are just a handful of the over a dozen offers for the 6-4, 295 defensive tackle already this spring. Saying he won't make a decision until on or near signing day, Taylor said he's still open at the moment but knows what he wants in his choice.

"So far we've looked at a lot of schools," Taylor said. "They're all SEC and ACC schools. It's a lot of them and kind of back and forth between SEC and ACC.

"I'm going to be looking for, the number one thing, is a good education," he added. "I want to get the best degree in a spot that I can feel comfortable."


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