Eric Taylor entered his sophomore year in the fall of 2017 with no offers, but a new year brought a new vision for the Hewitt-Trussville product. He received his first offer from Mercer on Jan. 31 and the offers have not stopped since then. He currently holds 18 offers and counting. Eight of those are from SEC schools.
“It has been exciting,” Taylor said. “It’s always offers coming in and it’s just exciting to get to talk to all these different coaches.”
Alabama will get their chance to see Taylor on June 18 when he comes to camp. A good showing in camp could lead to a possible offer from the defending national champions, which will be huge for Taylor, who grew up as an Alabama fan.
“Oh my god,” Taylor added. “That would be huge. Especially, with me being from the state.”
Some of Taylor’s relatives are Alabama fans as well. Although, his family is split between Georgia and Alabama.
The Crimson Tide currently has verbal commitments from three of Taylor’s teammates, Paul Tyson, Pierce Quick and Dazalin Worsham. Taylor knows that if he receives an offer from Alabama, his teammates will put their recruiting hats on. He feels that it would be special if he could play with former teammates at the next level.
“That would be huge,” Taylor said. “I would get to stay with some teammates and be in college too. It would just be huge.”
Both Florida State and Georgia have already offered Taylor and is expecting him to visit this Summer as well.
Taylor’s recruiting boost is in large credit to his play on the gridiron. He has good size at 6-feet-4-inches and 280 pounds and demands attention on the field. He is constantly double teamed, but sometimes that isn’t even enough to contain him.
Alabama currently has three commits in their 2020 recruiting class and could be in the battle for Taylor if they give him an offer. Something to keep in mind is that former Alabama defensive lineman, Rudy Griffin, is the defensive line coach for Hewitt-Trussville.
Justin Smith is a Scouting/Recruiting analyst for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter, via @Jdsmith31Smith