Lane Kiffin picked up his 15th commitment for the Class of 2010 here Saturday afternoon when Atlanta Westlake High School linebacker Michael Taylor picked the Vols over several other offers. Taylor and his parents took an unofficial visit to Knoxville to watch the University of Tennessee practice, apparently that's all it took. Stay tuned for an in-depth story on his decision.
Taylor confirmed with InsideTennessee.com that he had indeed made the decision to be a Volunteer.
"Yes sir I just committed to Tennessee," Taylor said. "I'm very excited about my decision."
Taylor has over 15 official offers and chose Tennessee over LSU, Stanford, Virginia Tech and Central Florida.Taylor is a three star prospect by Scout.com and is rated the No. 9 overall middle linebacker in the country.
According to Southeast Recruiting Analyst Chad Simmons, Tennessee is getting a good one.
"Taylor is a linebacker that plays at a high speed and a high level of intensity. He has a nose for the ball and he is constantly in on plays from sideline to sideline. He plays low, he has very good tackling form, and he delivers a lot of pop when making plays. He needs to work on not letting OLs get their hands on him and dropping back into coverage. Middle LB is the ideal spot for him."
Taylor finished his junior season with 160 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, eight fumbles caused, five sacks and three fumbles recovered. He says he can bench 300-pounds, squat 500 and has a 31-inch vertical jump.
What kind of player does Taylor think that Tennessee just got?
"I have good instincts and I can get to any play," Taylor said. "I move well and I love to hit. I love contact and running through people. I'm not afraid to go into anything. "I want to work on shedding blockers and get my upper body even stronger. I'm also working on my technique."
Taylor plans to major in either business or law. He reports a 3.4 core GPA and two SATs: 1350 SAT (three-part) and 920 SAT (two-part).
Taylor is listed as 6-foot-0, 200-pound athlete who runs a 4.5 forty. Taylor is being recruited by Lance Thompson and Ed Orgeron for the Volunteers.
Taylor is scheduled to graduate from high school in December and enroll at Tennessee in January.