Jeawon Taylor is a four-star safety prospect from Montogmery (AL), Park Crossing, currently committed to the Florida Gators. The combination of Kirby Smart at Georgia and the recent termination of Florida defensive backs coach Kirk Callahan have given Taylor a lot to think about in the final weeks before Signing Day. Taylor visited Georgia officially this weekend along with five-star linebacker and good friend Mack Wilson. Signing a kid from Alabama is always tough, but the Bulldogs coaching staff are trying their best to land the sleeper safety out of Montgomery.
The one thing that really stands out to me on film is Taylor’s ability to make the sure tackle. At 6’2, 190 lbs, Taylor immediately stands out on his defense, and proved he can lay the big hit. He is great in run support, and rarely let the bar carrier get by him. In coverage, Taylor times his hits extremely well, and does an excellent job of separating the ball from the receiver.
While Taylor doesn’t have exceptional speed, he shows good instincts and closes on the ball well. He’s always a step or two ahead of the offense, and never gets tricked on a play. Taylor also showed good ball skills, making a leaping interception early in the season, as well as a diving interception off a deflected pass, showcasing his athleticism.
Overall, Taylor is a good looking prospect. He is not the fastest or strongest guy on the field, but he is an instinctive player who makes plays for his team, and makes the sure tackle. It will be interesting to see how he is able to cover bigger and faster receivers at the next level. While he will start off at safety, Taylor could move down to a linebacker later in his career after a few years in the weight room.
As it stands today, The Bulldogs have a realistic chance to flip the current Florida Gator commit, and one of the top safety prospects in the state of Alabama.
Top Ten Tracker (Updated as needed):
As of January 13, 2016 - UGA will see Derrick Brown on Thursday, the first day schools are able to get back on the road to recruit.
As of January 12, 2016 - Brown is an elite talent that has been targeted by schools nationwide. He has been and still is a top target for the Dawgs. Georgia is trying to get bigger and stronger up front and Brown could provide that.
As of January 14, 2016 - Glenn Schumman is set to visit with Demetris Robertson on the first day of recruiting.
As of January 12, 2016 - An athlete who could play for Georgia immediately on either side of the ball. Georgia has had him high on their board for a couple of years now and they may have moved up Robertson's list with the Smart hire.
Mecole Hardman Jr.
As of January 18, 2016 - Said of his offical visit to Ohio State: "Loving the visit!! Coach Meyer may be the coolest coach out there. #Buckeyes defiantly in my Top schools."
As of January 14, 2016 - New UGA defensive coordinator Mel Tucker will visit Mecole Hardman today, which is the same day Nick Saban and Jeremy Pruitt are scheduled to see him as well.
As of January 13, 2016 - Dawg Post can report that Elbert County is planning for an "early morning announcement" on Signing Day for Hardman.
As of January 13, 2016 - Chad Simmons is reporting that Alabama's Nick Saban and Jeremy Pruitt will visit with Hardman on Thursday.
As of January 12, 2016 - Explosive as they come. A special talent who can be dynamic on the football field. A selfless young man who could shine at slot or cornerback. Another playmaker who can make an immediate impact.
As of January 13, 2016 - UGA will see 5-star DB Nigel Warrior on Thursday, the first day schools are able to get back on the road to recruit.
As of January 12, 2016 - A coveted defensive back with speed, ball skills, and instincts that will be able to sign where he wants. A top target for Georgia who is very high on Alabama's board, so with Smart's move to Athens, this helps the Dawgs.
As of January 18, 2016 - Said of his offical visit to UGA: "Georgia is where I could live."
As of January 13, 2016 - UGA will see Scout 100 DE Brian Burns on Thursday, the first day schools are able to get back on the road to recruit.
As of January 12, 2016 - The Dawgs want Burns, an elite pass rusher with length and speed to the ball. At one time UGA was considered the favorite, but Florida has taken that spot, but expect Smart and his staff to turn things up here in January.
As of January 18, 2016 - Wrapped up a great offical visit to UGA by saying: “I do not think Kirby is going to take no as an answer from me."
As of January 13, 2016 - UGA will see Alabama WR commit Tyler Simmons on Thursday, the first day schools are able to get back on the road to recruit.
As of January 12, 2016 - There is a big need at wide receiver for Georgia and Simmons is a wanted prospect, even though he picked Alabama a few weeks ago. He is now planning to take his official visit in January and that could be key. He is a wide receiver with track speed.
As of January 12, 2016 - With the need up front on the offensive line, Allen is expected to be a big target for Georgia moving forward. He is a big body from an elite high school program who could play tackle or guard.
As of January 14, 2016 - Sam Pittman is set to see the Archer offensive lineman.
As of January 12, 2016 - Price is a one-time Georgia commit and it could come back full circle. He is an offensive lineman with the ability to move around and play multiple positions.
As of January 18, 2016 - Made a lot of his visit to UGA and hanging out with Kirby Smart on Twitter. The Bulldogs seemed to make some read headway with the top linebacker in the country.
As of January 12, 2016 - Not long after the announcement of Kirby smart taking over Georgia did David reveal the Dawgs were his new No. 1 school. Still, he is an Alabama legacy, so he will not be an easy pull out of the state of Alabama, but Georgia is a legit contender.
As of January 12, 2016 - The combination of Carter being a one-time Alabama commit, his interest in Georgia, and the need in the secondary for UGA, this is a big target. He knows Smart well, so we will see if that helps.