Jonathan Taylor, who was dismissed from UGA last summer after being charged with aggravated assault/domestic violence, said he is being recruited by Auburn and Louisville, according to 247sports.com’s Keith Niebuhr.
There’s a UGA connection, as both Auburn and Louisville have former Bulldog assistants on staff that have worked previously with Taylor – Auburn defensive line coach Rodney Garner and Louisville defensive coordinator Todd Grantham.
The 6-foot-5, 320-pound defensive lineman is currently enrolled at Mississippi’s Co-Lin junior college.
“It would be pretty cool if I get an offer,” Taylor told 247sports. “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.”
Taylor said he and Rodney Garner “are cool.” Taylor said he does not have an Auburn offer, but he feels good about his chances.
“I pretty much stay cool with all the coaches I’ve known,” Taylor said. “Me and Coach Garner talk probably like once every week, just catching up.”
Taylor, who signed with UGA in 2012 out of Jenkins County High School, said Grantham told him he had a scholarship waiting on him at Louisville.
*Update: It will be interesting to see how everything unfolds between Auburn and Taylor – or if Taylor will continue to talk regularly with Rodney Garner — because after Taylor made his comments, Auburn coach Gus Malzhan told reporters this week that he has a zero-tolerance policy for prospects with a documented history of domestic violence. “There’s no doubt,” said Malzahn, per the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer. “You don’t go there.”
** Update 2: If there’s any confusion over whether or not Auburn is recruiting Taylor, that’s 100% on Auburn. NCAA rules clearly permit a college to publicly confirm a “yes” or “no” on if they’re recruiting specific athlete. They can’t say anything more publicly until a kid signs, but they can say that.
Meanwhile, it looks like Taylor’s Louisville offer is legit …
SURGERY FOR GRIFFIN: Taj Griffin, who suffered a torn ACL in McEachern High School’s season-opener, has scheduled knee surgery for Tuesday. Griffin committed to Oregon over Clemson and UGA last spring because the Ducks gave a scholarship to his older brother, former Georgia Tech quarterback Ty Griffin. “ “He’s ready to get it (surgery) over with,” his father Herb Griffin told the AJC on Thursday. “That’s his No. 1 thing — he can’t wait to get it over with.” Taj Griffin is rated as the nation’s No. 1 all-purpose running back.
MEMO TO OVERLOOKED SENIORS: The state of Georgia produces so much football talent that really good prospects get “overlooked” all the time. If you’re a parent and you have a son who is a 2015 prospect and you feel like he’s being overlooked, then I wrote out instructions on what to do by CLICKING HERE. Bottom line: You should be accumulating film of all games and scrimmages right now with the hopes of producing a highlight tape that is 25-30 plays max by Thanksgiving. Don’t worry about sending out film to colleges right now because those coaches are focused on saving their job and looking at prospects they already know about it. So make Thanksgiving or early November your target date to make a highlight film on Hudl or YouTube to send all the colleges … Some examples of overlooked prospects: Tim Jennings and Robert Edwards were late-bloomers who both got offers on signing day from UGA: Edwards was headed to Georgia Southern, while Jennings had committed to South Carolina State. The reigning ACC Player of the Week, Georgia Tech linebacker Paul Davis, got a last-minute offer from Georgia Tech. I could give countless examples. If you feel like your son can play at the collegiate level, then you have nothing to lose by making a highlight film.