RECRUITING: Quentin Taylor will visit UF Friday

Apopka linebacker Quentin Taylor has it down to two teams as he hits the final weekend of recruiting visits. He'll be in Gainesville this weekend to visit the University of Florida, and if the commitment of AHS teammate Eric Sledge to the Gators is an omen, UF stands a very good chance to land this 6-1, 205-pounder who has a reputation for being a big hitter.

Taylor says he is ready to see Gainesville and the Florida campus. He's ready to make a decision once this visit is over.

"I'm planning on coming in this weekend," he said. "I am excited about it. Right now, it is going to come down to Florida or Ole Miss."

Taylor just came off of his official visit from Ole Miss and will now get a quick chance to compare the two schools. He has been to Gainesville but never visited Ben Hill Griffin Stadium for a college football game. Due to NCAA guidelines for recruiting visits, there are limitations what the Gators can do for recruits, but within the rules, Florida will try to emulate the atmosphere of game day in the 90,000-seat stadium.

Taylor's coach at Apopka, Ty Ensor, speaks in glowing terms of his linebacker who is rated three stars by Scout.com. Ensor isn't giving any hints if Taylor has talked about a true leader. He simply says, "He was at Ole Miss last week and will be at Florida this week. He had a good time at Ole Miss but is waiting on his visit to Florida."

Taylor played everywhere during his high school career for Apopka. In high school, he played on both sides of the ball and showed an ability to adapt to whichever position Ensor needed him.

"He was a great player for us," said Ensore. "He played fullback and linebacker. He played defensive end as a sophomore. He has natural instincts. He gets off blocks and as a fullback and a blocker, he had lots of pancakes."

Coach Ensor told Gator Country that the Florida coaches have done a good job of recruiting the talent at Apopka High School, particularly given the short notice. Sledge and Taylor had somewhat fallen off the radar of the previous coaching staff Coach Urban Meyer and his new staff like what they have seen at the Orange County school. Sledge was a commitment to South Carolina but after visiting Florida last week, he changed his commitment to the Gators.

"They [Florida staff] came in three weeks ago and offered (Eric) Sledge and Taylor," he said. "They did a good job getting back in on the kids."

He continued on with the approach that the staff has taken with the kids in the recruiting process.

"They can show what the campus and the staff is about," said Ensor. "They are getting to see them more and personally. Coach Meyer comes across as a person that will take care of them but expect a lot out of them. I think they have done a great job with the time he was given."

GATOR COUNTRY TAKE: Quentin Taylor is a quality player at a need position for the Florida Gators. The Gators were looking to sign at least five linebackers in this recruiting class due to the lack of depth at the position. Coach Ensor thinks the Gators have a need for a player of Taylor's abilities.


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