A quick look at the Florida Gators recruiting commitment list shows that the Gators have four commits that hail from the state of Alabama and three of them played in the Alabama/Mississippi all-star game over the weekend.
One of the most vocal commits of the bunch is safety Jeawon Taylor (6-2, 192, Montgomery, AL Park Crossing) who enjoyed being able to play against the best players in the state on Saturday.
“It went good, it was a great experience this week to be around all of my teammates from Alabama,” Taylor said. “A lot of good players out here and just all-around great trip.”
Taylor also had the opportunity to practice with fellow Gators commits Lamical Perine and Jeremiah Moon last week and it was a look ahead to the future for Taylor.
“There were a lot of Gators out here today [Saturday],” he said of four Gators commits in the game. “Coach McElwain is doing his job of getting great players to go to Florida. This week brought the best out of us and we just kind of talked about the future at Florida. We know we have to come in and work hard.”
Last summer Taylor committed to Florida and made news by picking the out of state Gators and he says that Florida Gators head coach Jim McElwain is still excited to have him in the class.
“Florida has scared a lot of schools away,” Taylor said. “Coach Mac said that he’s glad I’m a Gator and he wants me come in and just work. I talk to Coach [Drew] Hughes and Coach [Kirk Callahan] Cal a lot from Florida too. It’s equal.”
Defensive backs coach Kirk Callahan has been one of the main recruiters for Taylor and he’s also telling Taylor where he can fit in at on the Gators defense.
“Coach Cal says that he wants me to come in and work hard at free safety, dime and nickel,” he said. “I want to play free safety because teams are scared to throw my way when I’m back there.”
Taylor who had a solid senior year says that he’s all set on being a Florida Gators recruiting commit and he will take his official visit to Florida in January.
“I’m going to take my Florida official on the 29th with [Lamical] Perine,” Taylor said. “That’s all I have planned for officials right now but I may take some more of them but I’m not sure.”
INSIDERS TAKE: Taylor filled the gap well in run defense from his safety spot and showed his ability to make open field tackles. For the most part on Saturday, Taylor wasn’t challenged through the air.