A three-year starter for Coach Mark 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. He took an official visit to Auburn last weekend.
"Rudy is a guy we have been watching on film," said Auburn head coach Tommy Tuberville. "He is very athletic, very hard-nosed." Tuberville said the Tigers started recruiting Taylor late in the process, but liked what they saw. "Once we felt we had one (a scholarship), we took the opportunity and he accepted," accepted."
Taylor also had offers from Michigan State, Western Michigan, Ball State and others.
"He's a big, big hitter," Guandolo says. "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.""
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 40-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."