Big 2016 DT Talks About Adding Auburn Offer

Big defensive tackle Stephon Taylor is originally from Valley (Ala.) and is now playing high school football in New Orleans. On Tuesday he added an offer from the Auburn Tigers.

New Orleans, La.--Raised just up the road from Auburn in nearby Valley, big defensive tackle Stephon Taylor from McDonogh 35 Senior High School moved to Louisiana four years ago and has seen his stock blow through the roof on the recruiting trail since that time.

Becoming a hot name in the 2016 class with size, athleticism and an 82-inch wingspan, Taylor added a big offer on Tuesday when Auburn defensive coordinator Will Muschamp told him that his newest offer was from the Tigers.

“It means a great deal to me having another offer from a big school that has been having success,” the 6-4, 289 Taylor said. “I talked to Coach Muschamp and we talked about the 3-4 and 4-3 defense. He said I would look good in that defense.”

With his father and brother still living in Valley while he’s with his mother in Louisiana, Taylor said getting the news from Auburn was huge for him because of what it would mean for his family and getting to see him play college football down the road.

“It would be great to be close to home because I stay in Valley, Ala.,” Taylor said. “That’s like 30 minutes from Auburn. I still have a lot of family down there that could come to the games. I would have a good chance to have a starting position if I come too.

“It would just be great to allow my family to come,” he added. “My strong side of the family is in Louisiana so they would definitely come. That’s my weak side in Alabama so they would be close.”

Currently with 16 offers after adding Auburn, Taylor said he doesn’t have any favorites at the moment and plans to take his time with the process before making a decision close to signing day.

“I don’t really have any favorites,” Taylor said. “They are all about the same.”

Already very familiar with Auburn after growing up just up the interstate from the campus, Taylor said he’s only been to one game at Jordan-Hare Stadium and it was an Iron Bowl matchup against Alabama. Planning to be back for the A-Day game on April 18, he said there is one trip he’s sure of and that is this year’s Iron Bowl on Nov. 28.


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