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Jeawon Taylor expecting to ball-out for Gators

The Florida Gators have made huge in-roads into the state of Alabama in recruiting over the last couple of years. They pulled three from the Yellow Hammer State in the class of 2016. Four-star safety Jeawon Taylor is one of the top prospects in Florida’s 2016 class and hails from Alabama. He has big expectations for his first year.

Jeawon Taylor talks to Alabama native Lamical Perine along with Mississippi native Quincy Lentonn a good bit as they prepare to embark on their journey in college. Those two will be roommates in Gainesville along with fellow Alabamian Jeremiah Moon.

The Gators bringing in three from Alabama is not the norm, but there is plenty of talent to mine in the state and the Gators have made it a priority.

“I think it’s great,” Taylor said. “It will make other Alabama players not just go to Alabama and Auburn. We are usually slept on here in Alabama. The talent is getting better, but I feel the state of Alabama has very underrated talent.”

Taylor has been prepping for his time in Gainesville ever since his season ended. He is planning on hitting the practice field ready to go.  

"Every day, I have a couple of two-a-days, just lifting weights and getting in shape,” he said. “I’m looking forward to being around all the players and for them to support me and go from there. My expectation as a freshman is just to ball-out."

A fan of Sean Taylor growing up, he started playing football at the age of four. His mom Jeanetta Taylor has been by his side the whole way and through all of the recruiting process. He knows Tuesday when he reports to campus, there will be some tears rolling.

“We haven’t really talked about it,” he said. “She might cry a little bit, but she’s a strong woman.”

Taylor is looking forward to the 2016 campaign and says “I expect nothing else but to win. We should be back in Georgia this year.” He wants Gator fans to understand what his plans are as a Gator.

“I am going to make sure I work hard,” he said/ “I’ll be a great role model on and off the field. I will be the first one on and the last one off the field every day.

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