Florida athlete loves rich TE tradition at UT

It's not a secret that the University of Tennessee has produced some NFL quality type tight ends in the last several years. Land O' Lakes High School athlete Kent Taylor has over 30 offers, a fact that has caused the talented tight end to quit keeping count of all those college invitations. Go "inside" this Free Content story to get the latest on one of Tennessee's newest offers.

It's not a secret that the University of Tennessee has produced some NFL quality type tight ends in the last several years.

That rich tradition of using the tight end in the Vols offense is a major reason that one Florida athlete is excited about his recent offer from Tennessee.

Land O' Lakes High School athlete Kent Taylor has over 30 offers, a fact that has caused the talented tight end to quit keeping count of all those college invitations.

"Tennessee offered me about a week ago" Taylor told InsideTennessee.com. "It was very exciting to get that offer. Tennessee has a great history of great tight ends, Derek Dooley is committed to caring on that tradition."

While Taylor has yet to see the Knoxville campus in person, he hopes to remedy that later this spring or summer.

"I will definitely take an unofficial visit there," Taylor said. "Either early summer and definitely again in the fall for a ball game."

Another thing impressed Taylor about Tennessee was the reputation of Neyland Stadium.

"They have a really big stadium," Taylor said. "Playing in front of that big a crowd would be exciting."

Taylor, a big country western music fan, wouldn't mind being close to the Music City.

"It would be neat to be so close to Nashville," Taylor said. "It's the Country Music Capitol of the World. I'm a big fan."

Taylor is listed at 6-foot-5, 215-pounds, and has offers from Tennessee, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Miami, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Oregon, and South Carolina among several more.

Does Taylor have an early favorite?

"Not really," Taylor said. "I'm pretty wide open, I'm taking things one day at a time."

Taylor plans on taking several unofficial visits and doesn't plan on rushing his decision.

"I won't make a decision in the near future," Taylor said. "I want to make several visits before making a choice."

Coach Eric Russell is recruiting Taylor for the Volunteers.

"I speak to Coach Russell at least once a week," Taylor said. "He seems to be a great guy."


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