Tigers Looking At Big Hitter From Florida

This two-way football prospect is scheduled to take an official visit to Auburn this weekend.

Hollywood, Fla.--It's not often a high school player gets compared to one of the NFL's greatest all-time linebackers, but that's exactly the comparison 6-0, 235-pound Rudy Taylor received from Chaminade Madonna Prep head football coach Mark Guandolo.

A three-year starter for Guandolo, Taylor played both linebacker and pulling guard for the Lions, who finished 14-1 and lost in the state finals to Jacksonville Bolles School. Scheduled to take a visit to Auburn this weekend, Taylor received some high praise from Guandolo when asked about his game.

Rudy Taylor

"He's a big, big hitter," Guandolo tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "He reminds me a little of a Dick Butkus type. He's a big kid, just a nasty football player. He's not a blazer. He has great feet. He's really good in traffic. Like I said he's just a football player, he's a physical kid. He was our best kid on kickoffs, too. The crowd used to just watch him run down and kill people. That was a lot of fun."

After visiting Western Michigan and Ball State early in the process, Taylor has received attention from bigger schools late in the process. With an offer from Michigan State and interest from Auburn, he has seen his stock soar as signing day draws near.

A state finalist as a wrestler and also a baseball player at Chaminade Madonna Prep, Taylor is described by Guandolo as a terrific athlete for a big man. Despite speed in the 4.8 range for the forty-yard dash, Taylor fits the bill for what colleges are looking for out of a linebacker or a fullback his head coach says. He finished the year with 135 tackles, four sacks and 15 tackles for loss.

"Rudy was our leading tackler on defense at inside linebacker," Guandolo says. "In college he's definitely a mike linebacker, possibly they might look at him at fullback. He was a pulling guard in a Wing-T offense for us, but he would be a great, great fullback."

Taylor is just one of nine probable football signees from Chaminade Madonna Prep this year. Included in that list are running back/safety John Beason, who is looking at Miami and Georgia, and linebacker Glenn Cook, who has already committed to be a Hurricane.


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