Taylor Recruitment Taking Off

May 13 -- The 2017 Georgia running back visited UCLA in April and could be offered soon...

It seems like ever since Jim Mora was hired at UCLA, the Bruins have had a big presence in Georgia, and the 2017 cycle will be no different. As we wrote earlier this week, UCLA hosted Covington (Ga.) Newton outside linebacker Jaquan Henderson on campus in April, but yesterday, we spoke with 2017 running back Kurt Taylor, who joined Henderson at UCLA for spring practice.

"It was a great visit," Taylor said. "I enjoyed everything. I loved the campus. There's nothing like L.A. Everything was beautiful. I really liked the coaching staff. I enjoyed watching everything, there were great things at practice. Learned a lot of good stuff they were doing out there. Just enjoyed a great time out there in California."

Taylor doesn't yet have a UCLA offer, but heading into his junior season, he already boasts offers from Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Colorado State, UAB, UNLV, UMass, Cincinnati, Rutgers, and Navy. He thinks the Bruins could be close, thanks to the relationship he's already built with the caoching staff.

"I've been talking to linebackers coach Scott White and running backs coach Kennedy Polamalu," Taylor said. "They've been the main guys recruiting me."

Obviously, there's always a concern recruiting guys from the South to come all the way out to Los Angeles for college, but Taylor does have a connection to the area.

"I actually have family who live out there in L.A.," Taylor said. "So I've been out there before. I really like L.A. I think it would be a great experience to go through a different type of environment for college."

Taylor has taken a number of unofficial visits this spring, and it sounds as if he could be close to some more big offers.

"I've been to Tennessee, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, and Indiana," Taylor said. "A lot of those schools have been talking to me a lot, so I think I could get more offers soon."

He does have a number of factors he'll be looking for in the college of his choice.

"I want a great coaching staff," Taylor said. "And a good system I can fit in, a great academic school, and just a good environment I can fit into."

Taylor said he'd like to make his decision during his senior season, and that he doesn't have any favorites right now. He did say that it would be pretty cool to play with his current teammate in college.

"I would love to play with Jaquan in college," Taylor said. "That would be really good."

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