GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida is in a dogfight to keep safety commit Jeawon Taylor.
New Georgia coach Kirby Smart offered Taylor in December and hosted him on an official visit earlier this month.
UF coach Jim McElwain, defensive coordinator Geoff Collins and linebackers coach Randy Shannon had an in-home visit with Taylor on Monday, one day after Smart and two UGA assistants came by his house.
“It was great,” Taylor said of the visit with Florida. “It was about time I saw them. I missed those guys.”
On Jan. 15, McElwain parted ways with secondary coach Kirk Callahan, a move that upset Taylor but utimately didn’t impact his commitment. McElwain spoke with Taylor on Monday about the coaching vacancy at his position.
“Coach just told me (the next coach) is going to be one of the best in the country, so I just left it alone,” Taylor said. “It doesn’t really matter. He’s most likely going to coach the corners anyway, so I’ll be coached by coach Collins. I already have a relationship with him.”
Taylor admits Georgia’s pursuit has made him reconsider things, but said he would stick with Florida if signing day was this week.
“Very strong,” Taylor said of his pledge. “I took my official to Georgia and liked it, so I’m waiting to take mine to Florida and see if it tops that. I want to make sure it’s still the right school for me.
“I’ve been to the games, so I’m trying to see how everything else is. I’ve never been to the dorms, so just little stuff like that. Also more of the educational side.”
The 6-foot-2, 192-pounder is also looking forward to visiting UF with close friend and five-star linebacker Lyndell Wilson. However, Taylor won’t try to convince Wilson to pick the Gators.
“It should be fun hanging with him,” Taylor said of Wilson. “We know each other a lot, but I’m just worried about myself.
“It’s about me now. Playing with him would be nice, but wherever he wants to go, he will.”