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.”