Cordele (Ga.) Crisp County defensive tackle Jahlil Taylor is a rising prospect in the Peach State who has recently picked up a handful of scholarship offers, including one from Western Kentucky in late February.
"I was very surprised and excited when they offered me," he told WKU Insider.
Taylor has been frequent contact with Hilltoppers defensive line coach Jimmy Lindsey and has discussed his opportunity with head coach Mike Sanford.
"I talk to coach Lindsey almost everyday who is there defensive line coach," he said. "I've also had a good conversation with the head coach Mike Sanford. They both say they have fell in love with everything I do and that they are fired up about me."
The 6-foot-1, 290-pound Taylor also holds scholarship offers from Chattanooga, Georgia Southern and UAB. He doesn't have any visits currently scheduled, but hopes to make the trip from south Georgia in the near future to get better feeling for what the program and school have to offer.
"I dont know when but I'm trying to get up there as soon as possible," said Taylor, who carries a 3.9 G.P.A. and is preparing to begin college course work. "Education is always first, but I also like to see what kind of environment the school is in."
Taylor currently claims no favorites, but adds that "I do like WKU."
As a junior, Taylor recorded 82 tackles, including five for a loss and three sacks. He had 13 quarterback hurries and forced two fumbles.