Taylor Sees Opportunity With Tigers

Talented safety Jeawon Taylor talks about his visit to Auburn on Saturday and what he saw from the Tigers in the secondary.

Montgomery, Ala.--Auburn is looking to add talent quality depth in the secondary in the 2016 class and one of the players the Tigers are keeping a close eye on is safety Jeawon Taylor from Park Crossing High. Already with Auburn very high on his list, Taylor returned for Saturday’s A-Day Game and left liking what he saw from Coach Gus Malzahn’s team and a crowd of over 62,000.

“I saw that the Auburn fans really love football,” Taylor said. “I didn’t know that many people were going to come to the spring game.”

As for the play on the field, Taylor watched Coach Travaris Robinson’s secondary intently for much of the day and while players such as Tray Matthews and Johnathan Ford did some good things at safety he said the opportunity is there to play early he believes.

“I didn’t know they were that short in depth,” Taylor said. “I think I could play my freshman year if I come there. They had one substitution where No. 22 (Tim Irvin) got his first rep at safety. I realized I could come in and start.”

A player with good length already and the ability to make plays in the secondary, Taylor has all the tools to be a successful player in Coach Will Muschamp’s defense. When you throw in his knowledge of the game, called by Park Crossing Coach Smitty Grider the smartest player he’s ever coached, Taylor is definitely a target for the Tigers in 2016.

“They told me I could be great there,” Taylor said. “They told me that I needed to come help them out and give them depth at safety. They said I would be good.

“It feels great to see that I’m that type or caliber of player to come in and shift the team from being okay to great,” he added. “That feels good.”

While he continues to maintain that he’ll wait until closer to signing day before he makes a decision, Taylor said on Saturday he had some thoughts of maybe going ahead and pulling the trigger for the Tigers.

“I could have, but I didn’t,” Taylor said. “Auburn is still really high, I’m just having patience and enjoying the recruitment while it lasts.”

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