Tigers Get Another Verbal Commitment

This talented athlete from Alabama says he will be an Auburn Tiger.

Carrollton, Ala.--The Auburn Tigers picked up their 20th verbal commitment, including the early signees, as versatile athlete Courtney Taylor told Inside The Auburn Tigers on Tuesday that he was headed to the Plains to continue his education.

"I feel I have a good opportunity to showcase my skills and I think it was time because I really like Auburn," he said. "They really recruited me hard. Harder than any other school. I hope that I can help them in the long run so. Now I want to focus on our basketball season right now and get that huge burden off my back."

A 6-3, 185 pound speedster, Taylor has been clocked at a 4.5 in the 40-yard dash and is right at the top of the list of the best all-around athletes in the state this season. Playing quarterback for Coach Eddie Hankins at Carrollton, he led his team to a 10-2 record by passing and running for 1,200 all-purpose yards and throwing for 10 touchdowns with just two interceptions on a run oriented team. On defense at cornerback he totaled 76 tackles and sic interceptions.

"He won the high jump at the state track meet last year," Hankins said. "He jumped 6-5 or 6-6. He committed as an athlete. That's what Auburn is projecting him at either in the secondary or receiver. Grade-wise he's already passed his graduation exam and he's got his 68 points on the ACT so he's good to go there…he's a winner. That's the best way I can describe him. He's simply a winner."

Receiving looks from UAB, Middle Tennesssee State and others, this little known prospect has been in Auburn's crosshairs for a long time. Also a standout on the basketball court, Taylor leads a team that is quickly becoming the talk of the state. At 13-0 in Class A with wins over some 5A and 6A schools already, he is averaging 25 points, 11 rebounds and 7 assists per game to lead the team in all three categories.

Planning to come to Auburn this weekend for an official visit, Taylor said it's going to be fun just to be able to relax and know his decision is already made. For the Tiger coaching staff, they can do some relaxing too knowing they got their man.

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