AJC’s Friday Night Spotlight: Auburn and Mississippi State looking at teammate of No. 1 Derrick Brown
Every Friday, the AJC will introduce a lesser-known recruit in the state of Georgia as part of a weekly spotlight series. This week’s Friday Night Spotlight is on Tyler Taylor, a linebacker out of Lanier High School.
- Name: Tyler Taylor
- High School: Lanier High School
- Position: LB
- Ranking: 3-star
- Offers: None
- Class: 2017
Lanier High School was without its starting punter against Cedar Shoals last week.
In turn, coach Korey Mobbs looked to Tyler Taylor to fill the void.
Taylor, a junior 3-star linebacker, filled in seamlessly. He punted four times and averaged 41.0 yards per attempt — and that was without any practice.
That’s what Mobbs and Lanier have come to expect from Taylor. He’s described by his coaches and teammates as a gifted athlete, one who can play multiple positions. Yet, despite his ability, Taylor is one of the most overlooked linebackers in the state of Georgia. He hasn’t reported a single offer.
“I think what they’re waiting on is for him to get some true varsity film,” Mobbs told SECCountry.com. “I really think it’s only a matter of time for him.”
Last year, Taylor transferred to Lanier from Duluth High School but was ruled ineligible to play varsity football. He spent time on Lanier’s junior varsity team instead. Now, at 6-foot-1 and 213 pounds, he’s proven to be a key cog on a Longhorns defense that boasts names like Derrick Brown, the No. 1 player in Georgia, and 3-star defensive end Michael Allen.
“He’s one of the guys that has surfaced and made play after play for us on defense,” Mobbs said. “He is a very explosive kid. Athletically, he’s probably one of the most gifted athletes we have.”
A few schools have shown considerable interest in Taylor, according to Mobbs. Most of that stems from the junior’s uncanny athletic ability. A two-sport athlete, Taylor plays point guard and shooting guard for Lanier during the spring and has competed on an AAU team since he was in the fourth grade. According to Taylor, it’s taught him to cut and move low.
And his skills have certainly transferred to the football field.
“I was impressed watching him play basketball last year, the way he used his body,” Mobbs said. “You can tell how that equates to the football field just from a spatial awareness standpoint.”
As it stands, Wake Forest, Purdue, Louisville, Auburn and Mississippi State are among the schools taking a closer look at Taylor.
“They like his athleticism,” Mobbs said. “They’d be the first to tell you that when they see a kid who plays multiple sports, that’s attractive.”
Over the summer, Taylor attended several camps. He traveled to Vanderbilt, Louisville and Georgia State, among others. He says programs are looking at him primarily as an outside linebacker, given his frame and range. Though he plays inside linebacker to help the team, Taylor feels his best position is on the edge.
“I like it more than inside linebacker because it shows my athleticism,” Taylor said. “I can get out and run sideline to sideline.”
Mobbs believes offers are coming for his under-the-radar junior.
What are the programs Taylor hopes to hear from? Ohio State and Mississippi State. And there appears to be some familiarity with the Bulldogs in particular.
“I like the Bulldogs and their defense and how they run things,” Taylor said. “I have a friend that played for them a couple of years back that I watched play.”
Taylor is ranked as the No. 71 player in Georgia for the class of 2017.