Georgia mines south Florida for diamond-in-the-rough linebacker


Georgia has added a linebacker to its 2015 class, and he hails from the same neck of the woods as 2014 signees Sony Michel and Isaiah McKenzie–Broward County.

Juwan Taylor is the addition. He was offered a scholarship by Georgia’s staff in early May, and it was mutual love at first sight. His recruitment has been quick–with SEC offers from the Bulldogs, Arkansas, LSU, Mississippi State and Tennessee literally coming all in the last four weeks.

“(Assistant) coach Mike Ekeler came and he loved what he said he saw,” Taylor told Saturday Down South. “It’s going to be an honor because it is the best conference in college football.”

Taylor’s ascension has been a quick one. He had a good spring, camp and combine wise, and he saw his stock rise exponentially. The Hallandale (Fla.) native is rated a three-star prospect and one of the top 30 inside linebackers in America. One has to think his ranking will continue to rise as he is more exposed. He is 6-foot-2, 200 pounds with a 4.65-second 40-yard dash time.

Future defensive teammate Quincy Vasser told Saturday Down South he’s glad to have a new future teammate: “Congrats on the commitment and I can’t wait to get out there with him and put UGA on the right track for a BCS championship.”

Taylor responded via Saturday Down South: “That’s real cool, and tell (Vasser) I said I appreciate it and I’m bringing some ‘Dawg’ to Athens.”

Taylor’s commitment helps Georgia to the No. 13 overall ranking in the nation, team wise. He is the ninth commitment for the 2015 class.

Editor’s note: Saturday Down South’s references to recruiting rankings are to the industry composite ranking.

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