BEAVERTON, Ore. — Alontae Taylor stays clock in.
The Tennessee commit from the 2018 class from Coffee County (Tenn.) High School primarily plays defensive back and quarterback on the prep level but will catch passes in college. The Scout 300 prospect wants to hit the ground running and has diligently put in time to sharpen his receiver skills.
This summer, Taylor both camped in Knoxville to work with Tennessee wide receivers coach Kevin Beard and flew across the country to face blue-chip defensive backs at The Opening Finals.
"I picked up a whole lot from KB (at Tennessee's camp)," Taylor told InsideTennessee. "He found out some things about me that he didn't know as far as good things I am at receiver. I learned a whole lot from him, and I've really worked on my craft with the things that he told me. I can really see the improvement as a receiver.
"I just have to make sure I put in a whole lot of extra time at the position. That way whenever I enroll in January, that I'm ready."
Lining up at cornerback in the same 7-on-7 tournament is another Tennessee recruiting target, Jaycee Horn of Alpharetta, Georgia.
"I think I'm in his head good enough that Tennessee will probably have a good chance with him," Taylor said.
The Manchester resident provided a breakdown of his fall visit plans, thoughts on the leg injury to Jackson's Greg Emerson, the recruiting side of The Opening Finals and more in the exclusive video interview above.