Tyler Taylor saw what most of us did during Auburn’s season-opening loss to Clemson: a packed stadium and ball-hawking linebackers.
The 4-star linebacker from Lanier (Buford, Ga.) joined the recruit-heavy opener with his mother. Both of them reveled in the big-game atmosphere.
“It was crazy. I didn’t think there was going to be that many people. I was looking around, and there was no open seats where I was looking,” Taylor told SEC Country. “The student section, all that, my mom she was talking about the college town, the college atmosphere, how she misses those days, so I’m excited for it.”
He ranked it up there with his top stadium environments among all his visits, along with last year’s Auburn-Georgia game and a visit each to Bryant-Denny Stadium and Sanford Stadium. That atmosphere is a key reason why Auburn is “definitely one of the top schools” in a group that includes Georgia, Alabama, Oklahoma and LSU.
Taylor, ranked the No. 12 LB in the nation, soaked in the strong performance from the linebackers. Taylor, 4-star KJ Britt, 4-star Monty Rice and 4-star Will Ignont seem to be the most likely candidates to fill Auburn’s final two linebacker spots (could add three potentially).
Taylor’s assessment matches up with what most everyone watched in Jordan-Hare Stadium.
“I love the way they play. They’re so aggressive,” Taylor said. “It was cool.”
He’s made a loose timetable for his commitment — before basketball season. Taylor plays hoops for Lanier and will want to have that stress out of the way prior to that.
Taylor’s already set up his official visit with Oklahoma. Auburn, Alabama and Georgia are guaranteed visits too. The fifth one will be between LSU and Oklahoma State.
His decision will come soon after those. It won’t be an easy one.
“They all have the same pitch. I talk to all the same coaches. I don’t know how I’m going to make my decision,” Taylor told SEC Country. “It’s going to be the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make.”
What’s your pitch?
Here’s something we will add to notebooks every now and then.
In the modern recruiting landscape, it’s often times a school’s commits that serve as the program’s top recruiters. That’s certainly the case at Auburn. We’ve asked a number of Auburn’s commitments what their sales pitch is to fellow prospects.
Here’s an interesting one from 4-star ATH commit Malcolm Askew from McAdory (Ala.):
“I tell them, everybody wants to be Alabama. Everybody wants to go to Alabama. That’s the school that right now that seems like the face of college football. I tell them, if you’re a great player, come to Auburn and let’s beat them for the next 3-4 years. If you want to be the best, beat the best. At Auburn, you’re guaranteed to play Alabama the next 3-4 years. It’s the biggest rivalry in college football. Why not come to Auburn and beat them? Auburn sells itself when you visit. I don’t really have to give that pitch.”
It should be noted Askew grew up a Crimson Tide fan. He’s officially a convert.
Did a major WR target dream of Auburn?
We’ve told you before that Auburn has zero commitments at wide receiver. That hasn’t changed.
Perhaps the biggest want for the Tigers at the position is 4-star receiver Jeremiah Holloman from Newton (Covington, Ga.). He attended the Auburn-Clemson matchup, but one Auburn commit said this: “The receivers are hard to pick right now. We can’t find many that are showing interest in Auburn.”
A lot of that has to do with the caliber of receivers Kyle Davis, Eli Stove and Nate Craig-Myers who came in last class. Holloman is a major target for Auburn, but he’s also getting chased by Georgia, Tennessee and Miami.
The Bulldogs appear to be a heavy favorite to add Holloman. But Auburn fans can dream, and apparently Holloman can, too.
I think I had a dream that told me where I was going last night ???
— Jeremiah Holloman (@Obey_Classics) September 6, 2016
The Tigers hope he was suited up in navy and orange in Jordan-Hare Stadium.
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