RECRUITING: Patience pays off, Taylor visits 1/28

Patience is paying off for Apopka linebacker Quentin Taylor. A player of interest back in August when Ron Zook was Florida's head coach, he fell off the charts somewhat after Zook and his staff were fired at midseason. Urban Meyer and his staff have picked up the recruiting slack in the past weeks, however, and there is a growing mutual interest between the Gators and Quentin Taylor.

The 6-1, 205-pound linebacker is rated three stars by He helped to lead Apopka deep into the state Class 6A playoffs.

"We had a pretty good season but got knocked out of the third round," said Taylor. "I had 80-plus tackles in eight games."

He's been a frequent traveler in the month of January with two more busy weekends scheduled.

"I visited Alabama last weekend and will visit Ole Miss this one," said Taylor, who rated the Alabama trip "better than my trip to West Virginia."

He enjoyed Tuscaloosa and said, "I like their football facilities."

He will be visiting Ole Miss for the first time this weekend so he really doesn't have much of an idea what to expect. He said, "I like that they are in the SEC."

When the subject changed to the Florida Gators, Taylor perked up. It was obvious that the Gators have his full attention. Coach Charlie Strong paid him, Florida's co-defensive coordinator, paid him a visit this week.

"I talked to Coach Strong an he wants me to come in for a visit on the 28th," said Taylor, who added that Florida is "close to home" with "a pretty good team and pretty good program."

He also said, "I like their academic support."

He knows just one player on the Florida team, a former rival from the Orlando area.

"I played against Brandon Siler," said Taylor, remembering the former Orlando Evans star, a Freshman All-America as the Gators' middle linebacker in 2004.

Quentin Taylor has high profile abilities, yet for some reason his outstanding football season didn't get the kind of attention expected back in August. He has waited patiently for coaches to watch his game film. Florida's coaches have checked him out thoroughly, which is why the Gators are making him a priority recruit. There is every good chance Taylor will be part of Florida's 2005 recruiting class.

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