The penultimate football recruiting weekend is featuring big names from the south.
Three four-star recruits will be in Lexington: Georgia athlete Jimmy Calloway, Mississippi defensive tackle Josaih Hayes and Alabama defensive tackle Eric Taylor (no, not the coach from Friday Night Lights). Hayes was once committed to Ole Miss, Calloway is committed to Tennessee and Taylor is committed to LSU.
A product of Hewitt-Trussville High School in Alabama (the school where Bear Bryant’s grandkid plays quarterback), Taylor is the No. 25 defensive tackle in America according to Rivals and 247. He will play in the Under Armor All-American Game Jan. 2 in Orlando.
Like Hayes, Taylor is recruited by Jon Sumrall, the first-year UK linebackers coach who’s been tearing up the trail. Sumrall convinced Taylor to camp at UK in the summer. A week later he visited LSU, committing to the Tigers shortly after.
Taylor now finds himself in a recruiting class with four other talented defensive linemen. Playing for a potential CFB Playoff team certainly is an attractive proposition, but some of the allure may be diminished in a crowded position room. Kentucky will give Taylor their best pitch this weekend in Lexington.
Less than 15 minutes after this post went live, 247’s Josh Edwards reported that Taylor has canceled his visit to Lexington and cut Kentucky from his list of candidates. Football recruiting, just when you think you know, you don’t.