February 24, 2011

Mobile tackle drawing interest

As is the case with most prospects that are blessed with size and athleticism, it's no surprise that Mobile (AL) Davidson two-way lineman Alphonse Taylor is drawing serious looks from a number of programs. The 6'6 330-pounder has piqued the interest of two of college football's top recruiting staffs.

"I'm talking to Florida State, Mississippi State, Alabama, and a few other schools," said Taylor. "I'd say Alabama and Florida State are showing the heaviest interest right now."

Taylor has built a solid relationship with coaches from both Alabama and Florida State and has visited both programs during the offseason.

"I talk a lot with Coach (Jeremy) Pruitt from Bama. Coach Pruitt is a real cool and funny guy to be around. He's real laid back and has a great sense of humor. I just like being around him. I'm planning to visit Bama again on March 5.

"I also talk with Coach (Dameyune) Craig from Florida State. Coach Craig is from Mobile, so with him, it's just like I'm hanging around my friends. I just feel like I'm at home when I'm around Coach Craig. I went to Florida State's junior day. It was a good experience. Their campus is beautiful and there are a lot of good people there."

The education and campus lifestyle of each school will play a significant role in the Davidson product's decision-making process.

"I'm going to look at the education, graduation rate, and the campuses of each school," Taylor said. "I'm going to consider anything possible that doesn't have to do with football so I'd still enjoy being a normal student if I happened to have an injury."

While programs aren't committing to playing him on one side of the ball, Taylor suspects he'll end up on offense.

"Every school that recruits me asks me what position I want to play, so I guess they're recruiting me both ways right now," he said. "I truly believe that I'll probably end up playing left tackle at the next level. I have the build of a left tackle, so I'm a good fit for the position."

Is there a timetable for a decision?

"I'm looking at an early decision since I'm a mid-year graduate," Taylor said. "I want to graduate in December so I can enroll early. My decision should come before the season because I don't want recruiting to distract me from the team."

Last fall, Taylor starred for one of the more talented teams in Alabama.

"We had a great season at Davidson this year. We lost to Daphne in the semifinals so we made a deep run into the playoffs. I tried to bring leadership to the team, even though I wasn't a senior. I switched positions last season from defensive tackle to left tackle, so I wanted to be an example of doing what's best for the team."

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