Hallandale Beach – Hallandale Beach, Fla.
No. 37 LB in the country
No. 66 overall player in Florida
For Juwan Taylor, Georgia was always No. 1 in his mind.
"You cannot pass up a great opportunity like this,” Taylor said. “It has been my dream school, so I am happy about my commitment to Georgia. I always wanted to have a 'G' on my helmet.”
The three-star linebacker out of Hallandale, Florida drew interest from several SEC and big-name schools, but once Georgia was in the mix, it was like he could already himself in red and black.
"I am so happy right now," Taylor told Scout just minutes after he got off the phone with defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt. "I talked to my family about it, they told me it was on me, and I felt I was ready. I knew Georgia is the school I want to be at, so I was ready to commit.”
It’s no secret that inside linebackers coach Mike Ekeler gets a little rowdy on the sidelines, but his enthusiasm for the game was one of Taylor’s favorite things about the coaching staff.
“He’s so energetic man, I feel like he just keeps you hyped. I feel like he’ll keep you (at the top of) your game. He’s always positive,” Taylor told Scout.
Taylor’s relationship with Ekeler was one of the biggest reasons he signed with Georgia. In addition, Taylor said he felt like the linebacker position at Georgia needed more depth. The combination of good recruiting by his position coach and opportunity for quality playing time made his decision all the easier.
During his first gameday visit at Georgia, Taylor realized what he would be experiencing during Saturdays in Athens—and he was a big fan.
“I loved it. The fans, it’s crazy, especially when you do the Dawg Walk and walk through the crowd, that’s really turned up right there,” Taylor told Scout.
HONORS: Scout.com three-star prospect, No. 36 OLB nationally, No. 14 in the South and No. 4 in Florida… PrepStar three-star prospect, All-Southeast Region
SCOUTING: I really like what I see on film from Taylor. He shows good fundamentals when it comes to tackling and at times illustrates that he can be a punishing linebacker. Taylor is strong at the point of attack and can quickly disengage from blockers and go get the ball. He knows how to play with leverage. Taylor breaks down, squares his shoulders and explodes through ball carriers. He is a downhill guy that can fill the hole quickly. Taylor can also play inside-out and make plays on the perimeter. - Jamie Newberg
LEGGE’S QUESTION: Taylor is going to have to add mass to his frame. Can he put on positive weight that won’t effect the way he can run?
LEGGE’S THOUGHTS: My only concern with Taylor is in coverage. If he can turn and run as well as he can play downhill he’s going to be just fine in the SEC. He should be able to do that considering his size. He does pretty well in pursuit, and for his size he seems to deal with blockers pretty well.