Confident 2010 LB Looking At Tigers

One of Georgia's top linebackers talks about a recent visit to Auburn.

Atlanta, Georgia--With Auburn needing help at the linebacker position in the 2010 class, it's no surprise that many top players from the South are checking out the Tigers and new coach Gene Chizik. One of those such occasions happened weekend as Westlake standout Michael Taylor was on the Plains to check things out.

Currently with just six scholarship linebackers on campus for spring practice, Auburn will likely sign at least three linebackers next season and maybe as many as five in the next class. Taylor says that's one of the things that has him high on the Tigers at the moment.

"Definitely," Taylor says. "I want to go to a school where I can enjoy all those freshman honors and play early, things like Freshman All-American. I would love to hear Lee Corso say true freshman Michael Taylor. My mom would definitely be proud of that."

Being recruited by Auburn under the former staff, Taylor says he's just getting to know the new staff and got a chance to do just that over the weekend. Even though he doesn't have an offer yet from the Tigers, Taylor says he saw enough to be very interested in Auburn.

"Georgia, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Toledo, LSU, North Carolina State, Miami and Georgia Tech," Taylor says are his offers to this point. "My top one is Georgia, but if Auburn were to offer me I would definitely consider Auburn as number two and contending as number one.

"It was interesting," he adds of his visit. "It was really top of the line facilities, but every school has top of the line facilities. It's what the people are and what stands out to you. I'm definitely going to consider there. I really enjoyed how they care for you."

One of the toughest things for any prospect is when a coaching change takes place. Taylor says that the more he learns about the new staff the better he likes them.

"I'm getting a good feel for them," Taylor says. "I didn't really know them after (Tommy) Tuberville left, but that was the first time I heard from Auburn. They didn't really contact me for a while, but now I'm hearing from them and getting a feel. I'm starting to like Auburn back again.

"I like him (Ted Roof)," he adds. "He seems calm and collected and motivates his players real well. He's not trying to bang in into their heads. He teaches them what to do. He talks to his players. I really enjoyed seeing that."

A 6-1, 200-pounder with 4.5 speed, Taylor had a big junior season from his linebacker position. While he isn't sure of the exact tackle numbers, he knows they were big as were all his defensive stats.

"People that watched us said I had well over 200 tackles," Taylor says. "I haven't watched all the films to prove it so I would say well over 150 tackles, 20-25 tackles for a loss, five and a half sacks, eight forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, and one touchdown."

Taylor says he doesn't have any plans to commit before the end of his junior year and is looking forward to making some camp visits over the summer. He adds one of those places will likely be to Auburn.

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