Jamar Taylor: USF Transfer Rumor Has Legs

All summer there have been rumors that former Lakeland running back Jamar Taylor who enrolled early at Alabama, was seeking a transfer to USF. Well lately it seems that rumor has got some legs. Alabama Head Coach Nick Saban told the Montgomery Advertiser Wednesday morning that freshman running back Jamar Taylor wants to be "closer to home". Read on for all the details. Only on USFNation.com


In college football there are always rumors, and even though you try not to get too excited when you hear them, some keep you hooked, especially if you a USF fan and it involves the transfer of a 3-star running back. All summer there have been rumors that former Lakeland running back Jamar Taylor who enrolled early at Alabama, but was seeking a transfer to USF to be closer to home. Well lately it seems that rumor has got some legs.


It began when Taylor who enrolled in school in January and had an impressive spring practice but went home at the end of the spring semester.


In June, Coach Saban commented on the issue saying, Taylor was still with the team, but has "a situation at home we're helping him work through right now, and find however we can solve that best for him and for us. I talked to his mother and we want to help him do what he needs to do."


Possibly the biggest development was reported by Greg Auman of the St Pete Times that  Jamar Taylor was on USF's campus on Tuesday at the athletic facility to discuss the possibility of his transferring in this fall.


Alabama head Coach Nick Saban was in Montgomery Wednesday speaking to a group of children at the YMCA addressed the issue.


"We'll make an announcement relative to that," Saban told the Montgomery Advertiser's Tim Gayle Wednesday. "Jamar is a guy that has personal things where we thought and he thought it would be better for him if he could go closer to home. I think we all agreed with his family on that, so we were all very supportive in helping him to get some place where it was going to be closer to home for him. When that occurs, we'll let everyone know."

Taylor, 5'10-200 pounds and runs a in the 4.6 range was one of the best running backs in the state of Florida.  He shared the Lakeland backfield with Scout.com five-star running back Chris Rainey, a Florida commit. Taylor lined up as a fullback but can play either position. They left Lakeland HS with three consecutive Florida 5A state championships and a winning streak of 45 games.

As a senior Taylor who was injured for part of the season with a high ankle sprain rushed for over 1,000 yards and scored 13 touchdowns. He was named Class 5A Third Team All-State and made the Lakeland Ledger First Team All-County team. As a junior splitting time with Rainey he finished with 1, 217 yards and 27 touchdowns.

Before committing to Alabama, Taylor was considering Florida State, LSU, USF and Florida, and Iowa

Jamar has all the tools a team looks for in a back, he's big, strong, and has got the speed. He's a good back coming out of the backfield and has got great hands.

Nothing is set in stone, but He's the type of back that could add depth to the Bulls young and unproven backfield.

Stay tuned with USFNation.com as we keep you posted on all future developments.



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