Chad Simmons

4-Star Linebacker Prospect Tyler Taylor Talks About His Official Visit to Check Out the Auburn Tgiers

Auburn made progress with four-star linebacker Tyler Taylor on his visit to check out the Tigers.

Buford, Ga.--After taking an official visit to Auburn Tigers over the weekend linebacker prospect Tyler Taylor said the Tigers are very much in the mix to be his college choice.

The four-star linebacker from Lanier High School said, “I think it is going to be between Auburn and LSU.” Oklahoma is another college he has been seriously considering.

Asked when he will be ready to announce his choice, Taylor said, “I know I?have a few home visits. They (Auburn) are bringing the defensive staff in this week right before I commit. I will let the coaches know, probably at least by Thursday.”

Commenting on his interest in Auburn, he said, “I like the way things are working out on depth chart,” said the prospect who noted that he can play either outside or inside linebacker. “The coaches tell me that I am versatile,”?he said. “I never played the same position two years in a row. They say I am versatile and I can play in the box and pass rush, too.”

He noted that LSU has also told him that there is an opportunity for early playing time in Baton Rouge. “They (LSU coaches) really did the same thing with the depth chart. They were telling me how they really need linebackers.”

Taylor, who said he measured in at 6-2, 230 pounds on his Auburn official visit, noted he will probably make his college announcement at his school.

Offensive lineman Mike Horton was his host for the official visit to Auburn. “It was great,”?he said. “I haven't been there since the summer so it was good to be back with my guys and stuff, just have a great time and kick it with them. It was fun.”

Derrick Brown, a freshman defensive tackle who was his high school teammate, also spent time with Taylor. “He has always said I want you to make the best decision for you. This week he was putting it on so it was fun, but he told me that he wants me to do what is best for me. He told me he loves it at Auburn.”

Commenting on how he feels about the program he said, “I love Auburn. I love it. It's a great place. I love the coaching staff.”

Making the visit with his mother, the linebacker noted that she likes Auburn, too, particularly linebacker coach Travis Williams and defensive coordinator Kevin Steele.

Asked what will be his key in making a college choice he said, “The relationship with the coaches is the most important thing. I like T-Will and I like the fact he is really young.”


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