Taylor could see himself playing in Neyland

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Elijah Taylor has a hard time naming his favorite part from his visit to Tennessee Saturday, but that's not because he was unimpressed.

Far, far from it.

The Scout four-star defensive tackle said he "loved everything" about his second trip to Rocky top.

"Everything just went so well. It really couldn't have gone better," Taylor told InsideTennessee. "I really like it here. I just feel, like, at home. It's just a really welcoming place."

The Moeller (Ohio) High School standout has more than a dozen scholarships and says he doesn't have a clear list of leaders.

That is, other than Tennessee.

"The Vols are definitely up top for me," Taylor told IT. "It's just a special place."

If the 6-foot-3, 275-pounder had to decide on a favorite part of the trip, he'd tell you it was walking into Neyland Stadium and picturing it brimming with orange-clad fans on a fall Saturday.

"I loved (Neyland). Just walking in there and you could tell it was just an awesome environment," Taylor said. "Just looking around and knowing all those past great players who have played there and thinking you could follow in their footsteps, that was really awesome. I was just thinking, ‘Wow, that could be me one day.'"

The nation's No. 22 defensive tackle spent some one-on-one time with Tennessee defensive coordinator John Jancek.

And like the rest of the visit, Jancek gets a stamp of approval.

"Everyone is just so nice down here – all the coaches," Taylor told IT. "Coach Jancek has a great sense of humor. I really like him a lot. I could definitely see him as my defensive coordinator."

Vols tight ends coach Mark Elder serves as Taylor's primary recruiter. Taylor said the two got the chance to "keep building" an already rock solid relationship during his visit.

"I've known coach Elder for a long time and they don't get much better than him," Taylor said. "Me and him, we're really close. He's a great man."

Taylor said staying close to home isn't a priority in his recruitment, adding that playing in the SEC is a "big deal" to him.

"It's the best of the best," Taylor said of the SEC. "That's a big deal to me."

Taylor tripped to Knoxville fresh off visits to Illinois and Notre Dame. He is unsure of future visitation plans and said he's currently thinking of making his college decision this summer.


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