SEC’s top impact newcomers of 2014: No. 22 Ole Miss OL Rod Taylor


SDS will rank the SEC’s potential instant impact freshmen–using the month of March–by ranking them No. 31 down to No. 1. This gives our readers an idea of which 2014 signees we believe will step up in the fall and possibly contribute in a big way. Junior college prospects are always players to keep an eye on, obviously, as they’ve already played college ball … and high school prospects at certain positions sometimes flourish early.

Here’s a look at who we think has the ability to step into a good situation and be in for key snaps, and be sure and check out the SEC countdown of impact newcomers at the bottom.

No. 22 – Rod Taylor, Ole Miss, OL

HOMETOWN: Jackson (Miss.)
SIZE: 6-4/305
RANK: Four-star prospect; No.  47 overall prospect in America.

THE SKINNY: Taylor is a quick lineman who made Ole Miss fans happy when he stayed in state–as he’s the No. 1 prospect in Mississippi. It is hard to find a weakness in this guy. He seems to be born for the position, not just another big dude who can’t move.

WHERE HE’LL MAKE AN IMPACT: Taylor is arguably the nation’s top offensive guard prospect, and he’s going to a school that has proven it is willing to play true freshmen–even on the offensive line, where freshmen are many times made to wait (i.e. – redshirt). Look for contributions here. Could this be this year’s Laremy Tunsil?

TAYLOR SAYS: “”(Ole Miss) felt like home. I was very comfortable with the surroundings. I wanted to stay in state. I’ve got much love for the state of Mississippi.”

COACH SAYS: “Rod Taylor is as good as I have ever seen in drill tape. You may watch a game tape and you may say he doesn’t look as good as this guy, but you go watch a drill tape. I don’t know if I have ever seen a guy any better than his feet in those things. That means a lot more to me.” — Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze

Editor’s note: Saturday Down South’s references to ratings follow the composite rankings for high school prospects.

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  • I heard after the All-American All Star game that everyone there was saying he was the best offensive lineman there regardless of position. They said he was an inch taller he would have been the #1 OT in the country. He was also ranked a 5-star by 247.

  • STUD STUD STUD. Give me a snub-nosed dirt-dobbin’ guard or center over some dollar-signs seein’ blind-side tackle any day.

    • I completely agree Brian. It looks like Ole Miss got a one of those SUDS in Taylor. If he is as good as we all think he is, he could find himself starting at RG. The Ole Miss OL this year is looking like it might be really good. But it will be a younger group, but with more talent and athleticism.

      LT- Laremy Tunsil- So
      LG-Aaron Morris-Jr
      C -Justin Bell- Jr
      RG-Austin Golson So/Rod Taylor-Fr
      RT-Fahn Cooper Jr/Austin Golson-So

      That is prolly what the Ole Miss OL will look like come fall. Not one senior starting.

      • Scary eh? Not sure if I’ve told you this before, Armyguy, but Fahn Cooper is about as nice a guy as I’ve dealt with in recruiting. Really, really cool. Laremy is too. Lots of smiles, friendly kid. Big old teddy bear when I dealt with him at Lake City. I’m sure you like to know when your future players are decent human beings. I’d vouch for those two in a heartbeat.

  • I wish we had this young talented line when we first got bo I know he has been inconsistent but he has been running for his life in most games I’m glad he has a talented young line and I’m excited to see the production