February 11, 2011

Tide after elite DT

Millen (GA) Jenkins County defensive tackle Jonathan Taylor is one of the Peach State's top prospects in the 2012 cycle. On national signing day, the 6'4, 315-pounder received a call from Alabama head coach Nick Saban, who let him know that he had an offer from the Crimson Tide. Saban also extended an offer to Taylor's friend and teammate, James Deloach.

"It was nice to talk with Coach Saban," Taylor said. "I was excited when he called and offered us. Right now, I have offers from Alabama, Florida, North Carolina, South Carolina, LSU, Georgia, Georgia Tech, and Auburn.

"I don't have any top schools- they're all even right now. I'm just looking for a good program, a good education, and a coach who will tell you both the good and the bad."

Taylor has already visited several of the schools that have offered, including Alabama.

"I went to camp at Alabama this summer," Taylor said. "It was a real nice camp- they taught me a bunch of stuff that I could use in the future. I also went to a bunch of games this season. I went to Tennessee, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Alabama, and Auburn. They were all loud and nice environments."

Jenkins County's head coach, Chuck Conley, raves about his star defensive tackle's talents, both on and off the gridiron.

"Jonathan, at just shy of 6'5, 315, ran a 4.8 at Alabama and Georgia's camps," said Conley. "He's powerful and very strong. He's benching over 400, squatting over 600, and his power clean is nearly 350. He has a B average in the classroom and is such a quiet, well-behaved kid. His character is so strong."

Taylor projects as one of the top defensive tackles in the nation and is an early candidate for the top prospect in the state of Georgia.

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