Pending domestic charges, Auburn and LSU reportedly recruiting dismissed UGA player
Jonathan Taylor may find himself back on SEC soil sooner than he expected.
Auburn isn’t the only one SEC program reportedly monitoring the progress of the former Georgia defensive lineman.
The 6-foot-5, 320 pound defensive tackle was dismissed by Mark Richt back in July for being arrested for felony aggravated assault/family violence after allegedly choking and striking his girlfriend with a closed fist following an argument.
The incident is not Taylor’s first run-in with the law. He was one of four players arrested for trying to double-cash scholarship checks back in March.
His legal issues are still pending, but Taylor has enrolled and is playing at Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Wesson, Miss.
Taylor was a four-star prospect out of high school in Millen, Ga. He weighed offers from Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Louisville, LSU, Michigan and South Carolina, among others. It was Auburn defensive line coach Rodney Garner, then at Georgia, who recruited Taylor to Athens.
“Me and [Garner] are cool,” Taylor said in an interview with AL.com. “I pretty much stay cool with all the coaches I’ve known. Me and Coach Garner talk probably like once a week, just catching up.”
Taylor is being recruited by Auburn, LSU and Louisville according to 247Sports. He took an unofficial visit to LSU on Saturday and is expected to visit Auburn this Saturday as the Tigers host Louisiana Tech on Homecoming.
He has yet to be offered by the Tigers, but believes it to be a possibility.
“It would be pretty cool if I get an offer,” Taylor said. “Especially since I’m in junior college, it would mean a lot. I know I’m a good guy, and I hope I get a second chance to come and play again. I just feel like everybody has the wrong impression of me right now. I’m not a bad guy. I just have to live with my mistake and own up to it.”
In his Tuesday news conference, Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn was asked about Auburn’s policy regarding players with a history of domestic violence. According to media reports, Malzahn was asked specifically whether or not he has a zero tolerance policy.
“There’s no doubt about that,” Malzahn said. “I would expect that most programs around the country have that.”
Malzahn didn’t stop there, however. He went as far as saying that Auburn would never sign a player with a history of domestic violence.
“There’s no doubt about that,” Malzahn said. “You don’t go there.”
Due to NCAA regulations, Malzahn cannot address directly the reports surrounding Taylor. Auburn has not offered him a scholarship.