Tyler Taylor won’t whittle down his long list of prospective schools until this summer when he plans to create a list of seven finalists. He has a spot reserved for Tennessee.
“Definitely,” the linebacker from Lanier High School (Buford, Ga.) told SEC Country shortly after his visit to Tennessee for the Vols’ junior day event.
Taylor has strong ties to Tennessee. He said he already knows at least seven or eight current players. That figures to play a factor.
“I’d like to have at least a couple of people I’ve talked to,” the 6-foot-1, 213-pound prospect said.
Taylor also has a budding relationship with Tennessee linebacker coach Tommy Thigpen.
“He’s in your face, but he’s not screaming, yelling and cussing,” Taylor said of Thigpen, who is Taylor’s primary recruiter. “He motivates you.”
Taylor said he’ll cut down his list again during his senior season when he hopes to pick five finalists. The Vols would love to be in the mix, because linebacker is a position of need.
“People tell me that I can play inside or outside linebacker,” Taylor said. “I’m big enough to play inside and fast enough to play outside. I’m a sideline-to-sideline player.”
Taylor said Tennessee’s facilities were the best he’s seen. Even though he doesn’t have any visits planned, he’ll have plenty of other schools to compare to the Vols. Just recently, Taylor said he has picked up scholarship offers from Tennessee, Florida, Texas, Oklahoma, Michigan, Georgia and Alabama. He currently has 15 offers.
“I want it to grow because I don’t have a top school right now,” Taylor said. “Whoever recruits me the hardest will be in my top five.”
Taylor is the No. 20 linebacker in the nation and the No. 56 overall prospect in Georgia.
All rankings are from the 247Sports composite unless otherwise noted.