The Atlanta running back who was told by Nick Saban a couple of weeks ago that he couldn’t sign with Alabama after being committed to the Crimson Tide for nearly a year may be signing with another SEC school on Wednesday.
North Atlanta High School’s Justin Taylor, who officially remains committed to Alabama for next year’s recruiting class, is an official visit to Ole Miss this weekend.
“Ole Miss coach [Hugh Freeze] called me and came to the school; they wanted him to come down, so he’s on his visit now,” said North Atlanta coach Stanley Pritchett, who is also Taylor’s legal guardian.
“They’ve already offered a scholarship. They’re showing him a good time. He’s really enjoying the visit.”
Will Taylor de-commit from Alabama and sign with Ole Miss? “We’re going to sit down at the end of the visit and make a decision,” Pritchett said. “I just know he’s having a good time.”
Things finally picked with Taylor’s recruiting within the last few days. “Purdue wanted him to come on a visit, and Kentucky called [Friday] to invite him up for the weekend,” Pritchett said. “He had to make a decision, and he wanted to see Ole Miss.”
The 5-foot-10, 208-pound Taylor committed to Alabama last February. During his official visit with the Crimson Tide a couple of weeks ago, Taylor was informed by Nick Saban that he can’t sign this year. It was surprising news for Taylor, who was the 7th of Alabama’s 27 commitments last February.
The Crimson Tide wants Taylor to “grayshirt” because of a knee injury and wait to enroll in 2013. Saban met face-to-face with Taylor earlier this week and promised “to stand by his word” to hold a spot for him next year.
Many others speculate that Taylor’s situation was creative “roster management” by Saban. Alabama has the nation’s No. 1-ranked recruiting class, according to Rivals.com.
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