Westlake’s Taylor decides to give Vols a look

There’s a new player in the sweepstakes for Westlake linebacker Michael Taylor. And he lives up on Rocky Top.

Just three weeks ago Taylor made no mention of Tennessee when naming off his top six for stanford.scout.com, which then was Georgia, Miami, Stanford, LSU, Virginia Tech and UCF. But the 6-1, 205-pound senior decided this week he wanted a closer look at the Vols. He’ll go to Knoxville for an unofficial visit Saturday.

Taylor told the AJC’s Ken Sugiura that Tennessee represents “a great chance to go in and play, and they were really excited about me when I expressed my interest in them.” He said he also likes the idea of playing for Volunteers defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, father of head coach Lane Kiffin. Kiffin was a longtime coordinator with the Tampa Bay Bucs and is considered one of the keenest defensive minds in the game.

Taylor said he has received close to 30 scholarship offers, including Georgia Tech, Michigan and Illinois. But he does not profess to having a leading school.

“I’m trying to pick a school right now,” he said. “I’m really interested in Tennessee, though.”

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Robert

August 7th, 2009
10:51 am

Man, UGA could really use this kid. Seems to be a solid player with lots of upside. Smart too, 3.5 GPA and 1350 SAT.

Reality Check

August 7th, 2009
11:19 am

He’s only looking at TN because he doesn’t want to sit on the bench in Athens. Coming soon beat down by the coke! you nerds are so stupid.

Bulldog Stung By Jacket

August 7th, 2009
11:32 am

Uh, most everyone knows Papa Kiffin is the BEST defensive minds in football!

“He said he also likes the idea of playing for Volunteers defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, father of head coach Lane Kiffin. Kiffin was a longtime coordinator with the Tampa Bay Bucs and is considered one of the keenest defensive minds in the game.”

Red and Black Attack

August 7th, 2009
11:36 am

If he’s smart he’ll stay away from Kiffin. Probation waiting to happen!!

ReptilesRule

August 7th, 2009
12:06 pm

Sounds too smart to go to Tennessee but with some of these kids nowadays playing early seems all that matters. How about playing for the same coaching staff for 4-5 of the years you’ll be there??? Probably not gonna happen in Knoxville. But, of course, so many of these kids think they’ll be playing for the Steelers in 3 years…

10_ac

August 7th, 2009
12:15 pm

Where is the love for the Big Orange? Don’t go hating now. Give the Kiffin at least two years. The Vols are coming back and UGA and the UF along with UA need to watch out.

Pi$$onaDawg

August 7th, 2009
12:16 pm

What is the top score on the SAT now? I took it when it was 1200 or 1400, but I know it has changed. Good luck kid. Playing early and often is the best chance to go to the NFL and get money. So, kids are trying it more and more.

BILLY JACK

August 7th, 2009
12:18 pm

HEY KID-IF YOU ARE AS SMART AS THEY SAY YOU WILL STAY CLEAR OF KNOXVILLE-DEATH PENALTY LOOMS IN KNOXVILLE IN THE NEXT FIVE YEARS.

utfaninga

August 7th, 2009
12:28 pm

BILLY JACK…you’re an idiot. Kiffin has been guilty of running his mouth…and a few SECONDARY violations (which every program has), but nothing major is even accused. Orgeron was at Mississippi…no major penalties there. Other coaches are from other SEC schools and were great recruiters. Shut up and go learn to spell GED.

SEC

August 7th, 2009
12:41 pm

This would be a good pick up for the Vols. I dont blame the kid for wanting to play for monty instead of WM. Georgia has had alot of LB commit recently. It will be tough for UGA to grab him.

donzadawg

August 7th, 2009
12:56 pm

EXCUSE ME. I JUST SAW SOMETHING THAT’S BEEN OUT FOR SEVERAL DAYS AT DEADSPIN.COM. “LANE KIFFIN’S WILD BOYZ ARE SO HOT RIGHT NOW” (LAMBORGHINI PHOTO SHOOT). THE POP CULTURE ICON, LANE KIFFIN, IS TRYING TO TURN TENNESEE INTO THE MIAMI OF OLD. A WEIGH STATION FOR CRIMINALS ON THEIR WAY TO THE NFL.
PHILLIP FULMER, A TENNESEE ALUMNUS WHO WORKED TIRELESSLY TO BUILD/MAINTAIN A TRADITION RICH SEC PROGRAM MUST BE ROLLING OVER IN HIS GRAVE! PARDON ME, HE’S STILL ALIVE. THIS MADMAN, LANE KIFFIN, IS GOING TO DESTROY ANYTHING DECENT ABOUT HIS PROGRAM BEFORE HIS FIRST SEC KICKOFF WITH HIS “POP-CULTURE” MOUTH /MANNERS! DISTURBING.

woodie

August 7th, 2009
1:12 pm

He may be too smart to go to an SEC school.

utfaninga

August 7th, 2009
1:14 pm

donzadawg…you and BILLY JACK must be related. They took a promo pic with a sports car…every school does something similar…even UGA. Would you two just follow YOUR team, unlock your CAP LOCK button, and drive your pick up to the rally. You’re HOPING that UT struggles…but you know they will be back to being a threat…soon.

ShaggyVol

August 7th, 2009
1:14 pm

The idea that TN will be on probation soon is ignorant. My favorite is when it keeps coming from Tide fans. They ARE on probation and have been for a decade. Anyway, Kiffin is a great recruiter. We’ll see how well he can run an offense. I still think GA and Auburn will go down to TN this year. Next year, it will be Gaytur and Tides turn.

And somebody please tell Richt to stop with the whole “Christian” recruiting hypocrasy. What a fake, overated coach who every year is loaded with talent and always underachieves. A few more 8-4 seasons and GA fans will be ready to give him the boot as well.

Craig

August 7th, 2009
1:18 pm

I think it’s funny hearing UGA fans talking about coaching changes at UT. How many more mediocre years at UGA will Richt make it? You cannot keep squandering (big word for UGA fans) top recruits on mediocrity without the fan base eventually calling for heads to roll. Wee Willie cannot be blamed for everything either. How long will it take for Richt to win that first national title? Meyer owns Richt and has much more to show in much less time. UGA fans jump on UT because they are already UF’s scraps and need to take out their frustrations on someone…

Robert

August 7th, 2009
1:22 pm

You TN fans are so ignorant and jealous. Our season’s of mediocrity? Please, the big ugly orange out of Knoxville has personified mediocrity for a while now. Richt is a helluva better coach than kitten can ever hope to be.

JB

August 7th, 2009
1:22 pm

At the end of the day, we’ll sign 3 LB’s or so for the 2011 class, and they will be on the top southern 100 list…………Dawgs hand pick and get 70-80 % of who they want…. not bragging if you’re doing it……….and they are.

ShaggyVol

August 7th, 2009
1:23 pm

Still not winning any championships with that talent are you?

JB

August 7th, 2009
1:24 pm

Tenn. fans drinking the kool aide……..It may happen for ya’ll, but it’ll be a year or two.

Robert

August 7th, 2009
1:27 pm

That is what is wrong with TN fans, they measure a coach simply be championships. Championships are great, and I want one, but they are not the end all, especially with the BCS being such a joke. I will take our 10 win seasons and BCS bowls and perhaps the stars will line up soon and we’ll get a shot at that championship. Fulmer > Kitten.

Brian Jones Tech fan

August 7th, 2009
1:40 pm

Ummmm Craig i am a GT fan and hate UGA but mediocre is something UGA has not been under Richt. If I am correct I think he has 2 SEC championships and like 5 or 6 striaght 10 win seasons. I will pull for UGA this year when they play UT because Kiffin is a loud mouth pompass jerk. Speaking of underachieving what has your team done the last 5-6 years when richt is winning 10 games each season. And your team gets 4-5 star recruits also. You better just worry about the trip to gainesville cause after that game no recruit is going to want to play for your school

Robert

August 7th, 2009
1:48 pm

Brian Jones Tech fan = Solid, rational Tech fan, way to lay it down on Craig

randyarnold

August 7th, 2009
1:48 pm

Are the billboard up in Gunlanta already? Maybe the marketing plan is working. Or, if this young man is as smart as it is said he is, maybe he said to himself,” Who do I want as a defensive coordinator: Monte Kiffin or Martinez? ”
BTW, I think Tech just scored again on the Dawg D.

RonnieGarDner

August 7th, 2009
2:00 pm

Uh oh. Ronnie GarDner says: ” I beeter find out where this kid goes to church” I need to be there, maybe even lead prayer one Sunday. I know, I’ll sit on the front row, surely I’ll be see then.Maybe the AJC will say something about what great men me and the head coach are.

Anotherdawg

August 7th, 2009
2:01 pm

Hey shaggyvol, If you want to be an atheist, that’s your right, in this country. But, you’re dead wrong in saying Mark Richt is a fake or an underachiever! Anyone who would adopt a couple of children from another country, and one of them with a deformity, is no fake, and to make that statement shows no class!

donzadawg

August 7th, 2009
2:01 pm

DISTURBING !!!!!!

donzadawg

August 7th, 2009
2:03 pm

THE MADMAN, AND POP-CULTURE ICON….LANE KIFFIN. IS HE DATING BRITTANY SPEARS?

Urban Cryer

August 7th, 2009
2:05 pm

He’ll commit in a day or so to UT…just so you know.

Urban Cryer

August 7th, 2009
2:07 pm

Why would he date Brittany? Layla is far hotter anyway :)

vols112

August 7th, 2009
2:16 pm

all u georgia fans are ignorant. u all swear ur better than us when we have better history and do you remember 2007 in neyland? yeha u forgot didnt u , and whats funny is that while last yr we had the most difficult system in america and couldnt move the ball, we bout beat yall, played florida and alabama much much better than yall who got blasted. every one in the sec knows whats happening at ut and there nothing yall can do but hate on kiffin while u can. we are going to be a recruiting power house and that equals championships and mark richt has never won anything and weve been to the sec championship since u have. so basicly its much better to be a vol than a bull dog rite now

RonnieGarDner

August 7th, 2009
2:22 pm

Quicks, I gots to gets a report back to coarch Rich.

bobbym

August 7th, 2009
2:24 pm

I swear UGA fans and the AJC are more concerned with what Kiffin and the Vols are doing that anyone else. Do I smell fear for what may become in Knoxville…

29 days left

August 7th, 2009
2:26 pm

Hey Shaggy–a few more 8-4 seasons?!? I’m sorry, when have we gone 8-4 under Richt? Oh that’s right, in ‘01–Richt’s first season. You might WISH Richt will leave, but he is not going anywhere. The Championship will come, and in the meantime, I will enjoy our 10-win seasons. Too bad you cannot say the same.

Not Disappointed

August 7th, 2009
2:30 pm

<—— Georgia Tech Man here, Anotherdawg I have to agree with you in reference to Mark Richt. He’s many things, but fake isn’t one of them. It’s hard not to like him or his wife. You have to wonder the soul of some of these bloggers. God knows I do.

Blog on Gents and Ladies… “Ramblin Wreck!”

vols112

August 7th, 2009
2:31 pm

ur a big time sec school and ur goal is not to win a ntl title? enjoy mark richt noone else wants that clown he only gets recruits becuz the players in georgia want to play for there school. yall will be pissed when we take rodney garner off ur staff in a few years. hah

SEC

August 7th, 2009
2:35 pm

vols112,

you just showed your ignorance by calling out all UGA fans. Yes i remember 2007 and the lose to ya’ll turned our season around and we finished 2nd in the nation that year too. I actually went to the UT vs. UGA game and ya’ll came nowhere close to beating us. UGA dominated the entire game, and by the way i went with a UT fan who stated the exact same thing. I did buy him a couple of rounds afterwards for sitting through the torture. Take if from a UGA fan, being the recruiting powerhouse does not bring national championships, trust me. And just a footnote, we could lose every game we play, but it will always be better to be a DAWG.

Robert

August 7th, 2009
3:03 pm

US News and World Report, 2009 Best Public Institutions:
UGA – #20
UT – #52
Forbes Best Public Schools 2009:
UGA – #29
UT- Not ranked (MTSU is)
Kiplinger’s Best Places to Live 2009:
Athens – #5
Knoxville – Not ranked (of course)
Reigning football score – 26-14 UGA

Athens/UGA > Knoxville/UT

Paul The Vol

August 7th, 2009
3:21 pm

Robert, since you have so many magazines at hand I am anxiously awaiting the GT/UGA comparison.

Kiffin isn’t going anywhere. He won’t have to. V,B

donzadawg

August 7th, 2009
3:50 pm

I’LL GIVE YOU THE GT/UGA COMPARISON…THERE IS NO COMPARISON BETWEEN THOSE TWO PROGRAMS SINCE THE 50′S. ISN’T THE MADMAN AND POP-CULTURE ICON GOING BY THE THE NAME “THE KIFFIN” DUE OUT WITH HIS FIRST RAP ALBUM THIS WEEK? ISN’T HE DATING BRITTANY SPEARS? I LOVE COLLEGE FOOTBALL.

FL Dawg

August 7th, 2009
5:15 pm

Is LK a good coach? The question is still open. We will not know the answer for several years. Monte is a great coach and all SEC teams had better be prepared to deal with UTs defense. I hate UT and hope they go 0-12, but I am realistic and know that MK will make UTs D very strong. I don’t think UT will beat UGA or FL this year due to O line and D lines, but I don’t think either school is going to hang 40 pts on them. I see both the dawgs and gators winning in the area of 31-17.

donzadawg

August 7th, 2009
5:26 pm

YES MONTE IS A GREAT COACH. DIDN’T HE AND LANE COACH FOR THE RIM PIRATE AL DAVIS, OWNER OF THE OAKLAND RAIDERS LAST YEAR? WHAT AN EXCITING TIME TO BE A VOL! I’M SO HAPPY FOR THEM!

coach majors

August 7th, 2009
9:13 pm

Dawg fans, please remove the caps lock. Enjoy a few more years w/ the new Phil of the sec. I love the lord as much as St Mark, but time is now to win before the Vols rip off another 9 in a row vs the pup’s

Top Dogg

August 8th, 2009
8:36 am

Vols112 i bet you are a Tenn graduate, your language and typing proves this to all who can read.

Top Dogg

August 8th, 2009
8:39 am

WTF we have some GT fans in here that are talking with some sense!

Sammy Jones

August 8th, 2009
10:34 am

Check this out!! would be great to get this recruit!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CGzIME5e70

Dawg Tired

August 8th, 2009
11:56 am

Sorry to see this blog digress back to name calling and basically stupid comments by so many. One example is the comment that UGA has been performing at a mediocre level. Talk about ignorant. UGA plays in the best conference in the nation and has averaged more than 10 wins a season under Richt. Anyone who thinks that is “mediocre” simply has no credibility.

Randy Quaid

August 8th, 2009
1:22 pm

vol fans, yall have a below average QB and most of your ignorant fans hate him. true fans yall are, sending death threats to a kid that is trying to help the program win. way to boost his confidence!! Tenn hasn’t landed a top notch QB this year, so we(sec fans) aren’t really worried about Tenn. yeah yalls defense will be good but whats going to happen when they are on the field for majority of the game? Expect a 6-6 season.

coach majors

August 8th, 2009
3:05 pm

didn’t the pups win a nc(back in the stone age ) w/ a below average QB and a stud RB. Not saying it’s gonna happen, but history proves it’s possible.

Urban Cryer

August 8th, 2009
5:59 pm

Michael Taylor from WestLake just committed to UT. Guess those billboards are paying off

Paul The Vol

August 8th, 2009
6:14 pm

Hey Randy Quaid, what do you want? A cookie?

Taylor committed.

V,B