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UGA picks up commit No. 9 for 2015

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ILB Juwan Taylor (247sports)

ILB Juwan Taylor (247sports)

Soon after Juwan Taylor committed to UGA on Tuesday, the 3-star linebacker was contacted by rival coaches from Tennessee, Miami and Florida Atlantic.

They just wanted to know if he was still interested in their schools.

“No, I’m 100-percent solid with Georgia,” Taylor told the AJC.

The 6-foot-2, 200-pounder from near Miami has seen his recruiting stock soar over the last month.

In early May, Taylor only held an offer from Western Kentucky, but things picked up after college coaches observed his spring practices at Hallandale High School.

Taylor committed to UGA over Clemson and LSU, among his 10 offers. He’s projected to play inside linebacker.

“What made me pick Georgia is that I knew in my heart that’s where I want to take my talent,” he said. “Plus I have a great amount of support up there. I have lot of family on my mother’s side that stays in Georgia.”

Taylor committed over the telephone to UGA defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt and linebackers coach Mike Ekeler. He got an offer from the Bulldogs less than a month ago (May 8) after being evaluated.

“Georgia was the first big offer for me, and they showed a lot of love,” Taylor said. “They gave me the green light to commit and I felt like I couldn’t pass up this opportunity.”

Taylor has never been to UGA and never talked to Mark Richt. He plans to accomplish both of those things by taking an unofficial visit with the Bulldogs on June 14.

Taylor is commit No. 9 for UGA’s 2015 and some much-needed good news after a rough week which included the dismissal of Tray Matthews and failure of WR signee Gilbert Johnson to academically qualify.

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