LSU’s pursuit of linebackers continues to revolve around Willie Gay and Oklahoma commit Jacob Phillips, but the Tigers could be closer to nabbing a commitment from a third target.
Tyler Taylor, the 4-star linebacker from Georgia, wrapped up his official visit to LSU on Jan. 13-15 and spent last weekend in Auburn.
A decision is near, and both sets of Tigers are close to reeling Taylor in.
His mother, Akita Taylor, is letting him figure out his own path. However, she sees a bigger opportunity in Baton Rouge than she does at Auburn.
“I am mixed on that to be completely honest,” Akita told SEC Country, when asked what she thinks Tyler will do.
“I think it would be LSU or Auburn. I’m just not sure which one takes the priority over the other. If he listens to me, he’d probably go more on the depth chart. At the end of the day, I”m not the one who will play this game. This has to be about you. I’m not sure, but probably one of those two.”
LSU made a late push for the 6-foot-2, 230-pounder, and his interest has been received well.
During the official visit, the family realized there may be a more stable coaching situation in Baton Rouge, in addition to more opportunities given the depth chart.
“Even though they came in a little bit late, he had been talking with them, but not quite to the extent he’s been talking to them recently,” Akita said. “I think one of the biggest things about LSU is the depth chart of the linebackers. For now, we don’t really have to worry about the stability of the coach. Coach O just getting hired into that position. I think he would at least be there for another two or three years.”
Also of note, Taylor is a fan of LSU’s defensive coordinator, Dave Aranda, who has been in-home with the family several times during both the December and January Contact Periods.
Aranda is not only the coordinator but also works exclusively with the linebackers, giving Akita some more assurance her son will be developed at the next level.
“We also like Coach Aranda and his ability to coach as a defensive coach, as well as a linebacker coach,” she said. “He has a pretty good history of making successful linebackers. That was one of the things that stand out with him.”
Akita clearly sees more opportunities for her son at LSU, but Auburn remains in the picture given how long it has recruited him.
Combine that with the fact that Auburn is much closer to home in Buford, Ga. — about a two-hour drive — compared to Baton Rouge, which is almost nine hours away.
“Distance is always an issue,” Akita said.
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