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July 31, 2011
With the graduation of Aron White and likely early departure of All-SEC tight end Orson Charles to the NFL, the University of Georgia could still look to add an elite prospect at the position. They will get their chance in a few days as the nation's best is set to visit Athens.
Land O'Lakes (Fla.) standout Kent Taylor, rated as the best tight end in the country, is making his first trip to Georgia on Wednesday, along with his dad, his mom, his sister and his little brother. The 6-foot-5, 220-pound target is eager to learn more about the Bulldogs.
"I am trying to find out more about the program and what may differentiate them from others on Wednesday," said Taylor Sunday afternoon. "I hope to learn about the living and football facilities, and also learn more about the type of education they offer. The only thing I know about them that separates them is their use of the tight end, but I hope to find more on my visit."
Taylor's recruiter of record for Georgia is also his potential position coach, and the Rivals100 prospects is impressed with the track record of Coach John Lilly.
"Coach lilly is recruiting me to Georgia, and I know he is a obviously a good recruiter and tight ends coach. He also has developed one of the best tight ends right now, so that is always good,' admitted Taylor.
Coach Lilly has done his best to make sure Taylor, who had 35 catches for 571 yards last season, knows that playing Between the Hedges also provides many opportunities for tight ends in the current pro-style offense.
"He told me about how they send guys to the NFL and how much they use their tight ends. Obviously Georgia gets a lot of big time recruits every year, and they do use their tight ends a lot. That is a good thing and they definitely have a good program," explained Taylor.
With dozens of schools jockeying for position for Taylor, including the likes of Alabama, Florida, LSU and Penn State, Georgia is hoping to make a big impression this week with the impressive tight end. But the 68th best prospect in the nation and 15th best player in Florida did reveal the Bulldogs are already in great shape with their top and possibly only remaining tight end target on the board.
"I am probably going to have a top five at the end of this month, and I will go from there. I think Georgia will get one of my official visits," revealed Taylor.
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Kipp Adams is the football recruiting writer for UGASports and he can be reached via email at email@example.com.