Alabama will stick by its football scholarship to one of Georgia’s top running backs after his season-ending knee injury.
Justin Taylor tore the ACL in his right knee last week in practice. North Atlanta High School coach Stanley Pritchett said he talked with Alabama assistant Chris Rumph.
“Alabama said they are going to stay committed to him,” Pritchett told the AJC. “That’s a good thing, you know, when a team will stick by a guy who is injured. That’s really good by Alabama. And I know Justin will work hard to get his knee back right and be ready to go next season in college.”
Pritchett, the former NFL player, is scheduled to discuss his star player with Alabama coach Nick Saban by the end of the week. “We’ll be talking with Coach Saban and some of the Alabama doctors to kind of see how they want to go about the surgery,” Prichett said. “We want to stay in close contact with them, and follow their lead as far their input and feedback on Justin’s rehabilitation and recovery.”
The injury was a big blow for Taylor, who was starting to make his case to be Georgia’s No. 1-ranked college prospect at running back. He rushed for 120 yards in the season-opener.
“Justin took it hard at first,” Taylor said. “Then I talked to him and he’s staying positive. He knows it’s not the end of the world. He just has to move on and get his knee stronger, making sure this never happens again … and continue to work on his grades.”
How will North Atlanta handle the loss to Taylor? “It’s a tough blow,” Pritchett said. “He has been with me since he was a ninth-grader and I’ve never really seen him injured so this is kind of tough. He’s a big part of our team, probably our best leader. Now that we’ve lost him, somebody else is going to have to step up and take his role.”
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