Telling Scout.com, “The best DB’s go to Florida and I believe I’m one of the best”, Taylor made his pledge to Jim McElwain just after noon on Wednesday.
According to his coach, Taylor is the smartest player in Alabama; he’s physical, and a classic free safety.
The Gators are still short in numbers in the secondary and that add a high quality piece to what Jim McElwain is trying to build on defense. Taylor has the length and the speed that the staff is looking for and is a bit of a surprise in terms of expectancy except in the last week when the vibes for the Gators started coming this way.
Taylor marks the third player from Alabama in the Florida class adding to the likes of running back Lamical Perine and linebacker Jeremiah Moon. Florida will continue to mine the state of Alabama in 2016 as there are several top players they are after including defensive end Darius Whitfield and linebackers Lyndell Wilson and Ben Davis.
The Gators have several staff members with a history in the state and that is paying dividends right now. Most notable head coach Jim McElwain, offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier, defensive coordinator Geoff Collins, and player personnel director Drew Hughes all were staff members at the University of Alabama and successful in the area of recruiting while at the school.
Taylor is another big get for the Gators from the state this year and the staff is already well under way recruiting for 2017 and beyond in Alabama as well. Getting top [rpspects from that state won’t be easy, but they seem to be making the in-roads and nurturing the relationships from the past necessary to do so.
Stay tuned to Scout as we keep up with Taylor’s recruitment and follow up with a full interview.