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June marked the one-year anniversary of Tennessee recruit Alontae Taylor’s commitment to the Vols at Orange Carpet Day as a rising junior.
There has not been a lot of drama surrounding Taylor’s recruitment ever since, which isn’t the way he envisioned his recruitment going before he committed to Tennessee.
He has been happy with this decision so far, though.
“It feels really good,” Taylor told SEC Country’s Zach Abolverdi at The Opening Finals in Oregon the beginning of July. “Coming into it, I was a kid that wanted all the offers and wanted to wait until National Signing Day to commit. You know, Tennessee was right for me and I pulled the trigger.
“Now that I know I have my college, I can just focus on my game and becoming a better receiver. Figure out what Tennessee wants me to do to become a better receiver.”
Taylor plays quarterback for his high school team, Coffee County Central in Manchester, Tenn., but he will likely transition to wide receiver at the college level.
Playing in his home state and having a chance at early playing time helped set the Vols apart early in the recruiting process.
“It’s just in-state,” Taylor said. “I know a lot of coaches say don’t worry about in-state but that’s my state and in the SEC. The big thing, I think I have a really good chance of going in and playing early as a freshman. That’s what really hits me, everybody wants to play early and Tennessee is a place I feel I can play early if I go in there and do what I have to do and learn the playbook.”
Despite being committed to the Vols for over a year now, Georgia and Alabama still talk with Taylor. The Crimson Tide may be a long shot, but the Bulldogs appear to be a real threat for the 4-star athlete.
“I talked to Georgia a whole lot, so if there was a school that had a shot, it would be Georgia,” Taylor said.
Taylor will visit Georgia likely sometime this summer to see what the Bulldogs have to offer.
“When they ask me, I tell them I’m solid to Tennessee but I’m still going to make sure Tennessee is the right fit for me,” Taylor said. “I don’t want to not visit the other schools and go to Tennessee and miss out on something.
“So, I’m going to go to Georgia and talk to coach [Kirby] Smart and figure out everything he has for me and I’m going to pick his head. I’ll figure out the position and the playing time early and the stuff I did for Tennessee, I’m going to try and figure out from another school and weigh it out.”
Playing time will obviously play a big deciding factor in where Taylor decides to play college football. Tennessee currently holds one other wide receiver commitment from Jatavious Harris. Georgia does not hold any.
Taylor still holds very positive views of the Vols and coach Butch Jones.
“Personally, Tennessee is coming up, I know we had a close game with South Carolina and schools like that,” Taylor said. “Tennessee is coming up and I have a lot of faith in Coach Jones, and Coach Jones is on his way”
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