Which two players might be Georgia’s best “package deal” out of the state’s 2012 college football prospects?
It may be the Jenkins County High School duo of mammoth defensive tackle Jonathan Taylor (top candidate to be the state’s No. 1 overall prospect) and defensive end James DeLoach.
They both have around 15 early scholarship offers from mostly the same schools. They’ve never made it a secret that they wish to play on the same college team.
“We’re best friends,” Taylor told the AJC. “We’re going through the same recruiting process with the same schools. Just about everybody wants us as a package and says we can help out in a hurry on defense. We want to be teammates in college. We enjoy play football and hanging out with each other. And if we’re away at college and get homesick, we can help each other out.”
That leads us to our next question: Which college would they like to be packaged to? Taylor says he’s not ready to name any leaders but said, “Right now, I’m wide open. Georgia and Georgia Tech are some nice schools. They are closer to home and our friends and families can come to our games all the time. Alabama and Auburn are real nice, too.” Taylor said he will likely commit after his senior season.
The 6-foot-5, 320-pound Taylor has become an overnight sensation in recruiting circles, rocketing to the top of many scouting lists. Taylor was one of seven Georgia prospects on the Rivals 100, along with Lowndes linebacker Josh Harvey-Clemons, Stone Mountain linebacker Markuss Eligwe (video of his commitment to Florida State), St. Pius cornerback Geno Smith, Harris County defensive end Jordan Jenkins, Callaway tight end Ricky Parks, and Sandy Creek wide receiver JaQuay Williams.
Taylor seemed a little uncomfortable in the spotlight at the state track meet, as many other football players who run track came over to chat. He tried not to draw attention to himself but found it hard to hide at his size. He had a spirited conversation with UGA’s latest commitment, Dodge County linebacker Leonard Floyd. “He just wanted to know how recruiting was going and everything,” Taylor said.
Jenkins County High School is located around 50 miles south of Augusta.
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