March 23, 2009

Taylor still loves Dawgs

Georgia made their first offer to in-state linebacker Michael Taylor after their first Junior Day back in January.

Saturday, the Westlake star returned for a second look

"They started practice, it went well, and they had a nice little hitting session. It was my kind of practice because it was real physical and some talking was going on too," Taylor said. "They do not waste a lot of time, you get to hit, but it does not wear down on your body, and the coaches are out there teaching you. Football is 90% mental to me, so it is important to know what to do very quickly."

Taylor, at 6-foot-1, 205-pounds, took a long hard look at his position out there in pads. The linebackers were hard at it on the field, and Taylor took some observations from what he saw.

"I thought it was interesting how many different linebackers they have out there," said Taylor. "There are some guys who are 6-foot-3, and then there is Rennie Curran, who is a smaller guy but he brings the funk. I really see four guys that I would be in competition with, and I know I can beat the rest of them out, so I can see myself playing early."

Walking away from practice though, there was only one thought stuck in the Atlanta standout's mind.

"It was exciting to think that it could be me one day," Taylor said.

There were over 100 recruits on the Athens campus for the Junior Day, as Georgia hosted some of the top players in the southeast. Taylor recognized a few of them, and he also made a new friend.

"I got to reunite with some of the players from the 7on7 tournament down in Florida. Me and Tai-ler (Jones), we have talked about going to the same place. We have become good friends since playing together in Tampa, and if I commit first, I will try to recruit him to join me," said the inside linebacker.

"I met Garry Peters from Heritage, and he is good friends with Tai-ler as well," added Taylor.

Taylor got to talk to a couple of coaches on the defensive side of the ball at Georgia, and they spoke of where they stand with each other.

"Coach Jancek and I talked for a while. I also talked to Coach Martinez and Coach Garner for awhile too," he said. "They talked about when I would come into the class, and when I would announce. We also talked about how they were going to do this year, on the field and in recruiting."

While he did not commit, the Westlake junior gave them some good news.

"I told them they were my top choice, and they have been my top choice since I visited there the first time. I also told them I cannot see myself going to any other schools right now," added Taylor.

Taylor came home from Georgia still uncommitted, but let the staff in Athens know they could hear from them again very soon.

"I told them I just needed a little more time, and I will get back to them in a couple of days. I let them know I needed to talk with my family, and the coaches backed me 100 percent. I plan to call Coach Jancek in a couple of days," said Taylor.

While it is early in the year for most recruits, some schools have already started filling up. With more offers sure to come, Taylor admits he could end up waiting to see what his options are. But he knows that he already has one school way out on top.

Georgia has been my favorite, but I am only a junior and with almost a year left before I sign," said Taylor. It may be a little early to be making a decision. I enjoy the recruiting process, but the Bulldogs really stand out right now." Taylor admitted.

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