AUBURN, Ala. — Tyler Taylor has a final top 2. Auburn is included.
The 4-star linebacker from Buford, Ga., took his official visit to Auburn this weekend. As he departed, Tyler made it clear a pair of SEC West foes will be at the front of his decision, which likely will come at the end of the week.
“I think it’s going to be between Auburn and LSU,” Taylor said.
Taylor confirmed that both programs have jumped ahead of Oklahoma, who was originally believed to be one of the teams to beat.
The Sooners likely will make a late attempt to push for Taylor. But Auburn and LSU will both make in-home visits at the beginning of the week, which will give Taylor some time to process his options before making a decision. He anticipates he will have an answer for coaches by the end of the week.
“I’ll probably be letting the coaches know at least by Thursday,” Taylor said.
Auburn has always been a part of the conversation for Taylor. His mother loves it. Taylor’s relationship with Travis Williams is as strong as his bond with any other coach.
It has made Auburn a top contender since the beginning. As his commitment approaches, that thought is as strong as ever.
“My mom really loves it out here. All the schools, coaches are nice and all that. But they’re recruiting. We don’t know how they’re really going to be. But at Auburn, we really know they’re going to take care of us,” Taylor said.
LSU is the late addition to the group.
Taylor visited the Tigers last weekend. He said LSU began picking up his recruitment right around the time Monty Rice flipped from LSU to Georgia. He has been impressed by the work of Ed Oregon and Dave Aranda.
“They showed me the depth chart with the linebackers. I’d really have no choice but to play there. They’re not giving it to me, but you know, you’ve got to work for it and all that.”