Juco Safety Hoping To Get Offer From Auburn

Junior college safety Paris Taylor talks about his knee injury, his interest in Auburn and much more in this football recruiting report.

Atlamonte Springs, Fla.—A physical safety from Pierce Junior College in Los Angeles who is originally from Lake Brantley, Fla.), High School, 6-3, 210 Paris Taylor is hoping for some very good news as the Auburn Tigers could be close to extending an offer for the early graduate.

There is one catch, however, and that is the knee injury Taylor suffered in the seventh game of the 2012 season that required surgery and brought his sophomore year to an end. Trying to get back to full strength, Taylor says he has seen the interest from Auburn rise dramatically in the weeks since Gus Malzahn was hired as the head coach of the Tigers.

"I got contacted by Auburn right after the coach (Gene Chizik) got fired," Taylor tells Inside The Auburn Tigers,. "They talked to me and told me they would be giving me a call pretty soon. This was around the time they were hiring the new coach. Once they hired Coach Malzahn things kind of settled down. We started to be able to talk about recruiting.

"Maybe about a week ago I got a call from Coach Cheese (Charlie Harbison)," he adds. "He asked me my interest level and he said they were interested in me a lot and I was pretty high on their board. He just told me some things about the program. I talked to Coach Malzahn on the phone and Coach (Ellis) Johnson. They were all excited about me after watching my film. They loved it."

The question that remains for Auburn and Taylor is whether or not the Tigers' staff feels good enough about his rehab to bring him in now or if like many other schools they want to wait until February to see how his knee is coming along. Taylor says that's something he's hoping to find out himself in the next two weeks.

"I'm just waiting to see what they are going to do," Taylor says. "My knee injury kind of changed things a lot for me. A lot of schools want me to stay in the spring at my junior college and finish my rehab to see how I'm performing. I had offers from Arizona State, Wyoming, Kentucky, New Mexico, Texas State and a couple more schools before the injury and I'm pretty sure I would have had a few more."

Playing mostly cornerback in high school, Taylor says he had scholarships offers from schools such as Florida Atlantic and Elon and got a look from North Carolina State as well, but decided to head to junior college to play his more natural position of safety.

Now just waiting to see what happens with Auburn, Taylor says if the Tigers don't offer right now he'll go back to Los Angeles to get stronger and see what develops between now and the spring.

"We're trying to figure things out right now," he says. "I think they might be looking at a few other guys. If they decide to take a chance on me they're going to let me know when I may be able to visit and when I would be enrolling in school."

With a 4.5 40-yard dash time before his injury, Taylor has the physical tools to fit in perfectly in Johnson's 4-2-5 scheme that features three safety-type players on the field at all times. Before his injury he made 35 tackles with one interception for Pierce College.


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