Auburn's depth in the secondary increased on Sunday when Marshall Taylor committed to play football as a graduate transfer for the 2016 season.
“I just committed to Auburn and I am very excited about my decision,” the 6-2, 200-pound cornerback from Miami of Ohio told Inside the Auburn Tigers.
“I am an Auburn Tiger now,” he said. “I will graduate on May 15th and will be moving to Auburn soon after that. The coaches are going to let me know the details.”
Taylor visited Louisville previously and said he liked that trip, but his weekend at Auburn really stood out, he noted. Taylor said he has cancelled visits planned for Michigan State and Florida.
Last season he made 20 solo tackles with 19 assists while playing in 11 games with 10 starters. His season-high tackles game was nine vs. Wisconsin. He also made one of his two interceptions in that contest.
"I played some safety my freshman year, but since then I have been a corner," Taylor pointed out. "I believe coming to Auburn I will be a cornerback and could play some nickel.
"It was a great visit," said Taylor, watched the Tigers scrimmage on Saturday a week before their annual spring game. "They showed me everything I wanted to see. They were honest and genuine with me. I am ready to go to Auburn.
"I went to Louisville last weekend and it was awesome, but Auburn just felt like home," Taylor said about his decision. "Auburn pushes the idea of family and I am big on family."
He started a dozen games in 2014 and 30 tackles with one interception, which he returned for a touchdown vs. Akron.
Taylor redshirted in 2013 after starting in five games in 2012 as a true freshman. He made 40 tackles that year after arriving from Crisp County High in Cordele, Ga., where he was an all-region football player as well as a standout on the school’s basketball team.
"Actually, I thought basketball was the sport I would be playing in college," said Taylor, who noted that he was clocked at 4.5 second in the 40-yard dash in high school. "My dad and my whole family are basketball players, but my high school coach, Shelton Felton, and a coached by the name of Stacy Stephens got me to come out and try football and it felt natural. I have been making plays here and there since then."
Taylor said he will earn his degree in sports management.
The defensive back said prior to his redshirt junior season he was going to transfer for his final season and made a highlight tape and sent it to my high school coach, who was the defensive coordinator at the time. He is the one who helped me get to Auburn. It wasn't just one person though--different people helped me. I sent my film out and got interest from a couple of schools. As other schools started hearing about me, other offers came, too."