Dismissed UGA player to start classes at Alabama? (UPDATED)

Alabama's Nick Saban (AP)

Alabama’s Nick Saban (AP)

  • UPDATE: On Wednesday morning, Scout.com’s John Garcia reported that Taylor was spotted on Alabama’s campus. Several other media outlets said they expected Alabama to confirm his enrollment later in the day.

There are conflicting reports about whether or not Jonathan Taylor has committed to Alabama.

Taylor is the former UGA defensive tackle who was dismissed last summer after being arrested on an aggravated assault/family violence charge

247sports.com’s Shane Youngblood broke the news on Tuesday night at Taylor had committed to Alabama and was expected to enroll in classes as early as Wednesday.

Later on Tuesday night, Scout.com’s John Garcia Jr. tweeted “Just got off the phone with Jonathan Taylor, who reports not having selected a school. No plans to enroll this week.”

It will be interesting to see how the situation unfolds over the next few days.

Jonathan Taylor (UGA)

Jonathan Taylor (UGA)

Taylor took an official visit to Alabama last month, and he was also hearing from LSU, Mississippi State and West Virginia, among others. He was rated as the nation’s No. 2 defensive lineman out of junior college.

The 6-foot-4, 335-pounder played this past season at Copiah-Lincoln junior college, registering 40 tackles, 4.5 sacks and 11 tackles for losses. He will have two years of eligibility at Alabama.

Taylor was dismissed from UGA last summer after the arrest. It was a police response to a third-party complaint that Taylor had physically assaulted his girlfriend during a domestic dispute at McWhorter Hall dormitory. Police said evidence and witness accounts indicate the 6-foot-4, 340-pound Taylor “choked” and “struck with a closed fist” his 5-11, 170-pound female victim.

It was Taylor’s second run-in with the law within a few months. Last March, he was one of four Georgia football players arrested for theft by deception after they were caught double-cashing meal reimbursement checks.

Taylor played at Jenkins County High School, and signed with UGA in 2012.

Note: There’s quite a few people with conspiracy theories on this: They think Nick Saban set up this possibility by going on a rant about “second chances” a couple of weeks that you can read HERE.


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