Michael Taylor has been on the verge of committing a couple of times already, so could he be close…
Pre-Season Commit Possible
Michael Taylor, the 6-foot, 200-pound three-star linebacker from Westlake High School in Atlanta, Ga., actually grew up in San Diego, Calif., and has only lived in the Peach State for the past four years. "I was born in California and pretty much lived there my whole life," Taylor said. "I grew up following USC, but now I'm pretty far from home." The Trojans are not recruiting Taylor, however several SEC schools are, including Georgia, LSU, Ole Miss, Alabama and Tennessee, all which have offered as well as Miami, Virginia Tech, Stanford, UCF and others. "If I go somewhere and I feel like it's the place and I feel comfortable then that's what's going to be important," he said. "I also want my mom to be happy with my where I'm at and not have to worry about me and know that I'm taken care of." Taylor admits that his parents favor Georgia since the Bulldogs are only about one and half hours from his house. "It's really right down the road," he said. "It's closer than I thought and my parents would probably love it if I went there. "But I'm not sure about that. I don't want to be getting surprise visits from my parents," he laughs. "I do get a good family feeling from Georgia," Taylor said. "I feel like they'll treat me well and really look out for me. I also think I'd get a fair shot to play there." Although Taylor says he's "very open" he still favors Georgia slightly over LSU, Miami, Stanford, Virginia Tech and Central Florida. He has already attended camps at LSU and Miami. "LSU has a lot of recent tradition," Taylor said. "I believe they'll win another national championship again soon. They've got a lot of great players and coaches there. "Miami has put some of the best players in the NFL," he said. "Plus, they don't just go to the NFL but they actually produce. It's amazing the talent that comes out of there. They just get that dog out of you – they really know how to get the best out of their players." Later this month Taylor will possibly visit Stanford unofficially. "I like that if I were to go there, I'd get to play," he said. "They don't have a lot of depth at linebacker and they said that I wouldn't just be one of the guys there. They said I'd be the guy." Taylor says he's also impressed with the Cardinal academics. "It's Stanford!" he said. "You can't get a better education than that." Taylor, ranked as the No. 9 middle linebacker in the country by Scout.com, plans to make a commitment before the season. "I don't want to go through a lot of drama and recruiting during my season," he said. "I want a chance to win a state championship and just want to focus on that," he said. "We've got a good young team and I think we've got a shot." Taylor admits he thought he had recruiting figured out. "For a while it was pretty much between Georgia and Miami," he said. "But the more I thought about things the more I realized that I have a lot of great opportunities and should check out more schools before I make any decision." He finished his junior season with 160 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, eight fumbles caused, five sacks and three fumbles recovered. "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." He says he can bench 300-pounds, squat 500 and has a 31-inch vertical jump. "I want to work on shedding blockers and get my upper body even stronger," he said. "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).
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