December 12, 2011

Still feeling the love

When Jenkins County defensive tackle Jonathan Taylor committed to Georgia in June, it gave the Bulldogs a pledge from the top player in the state.

Since then, the rankings moved Jenkins back a couple of spots, but the four star prospect's love for the Bulldogs has remained the same.

Georgia's Football Gala last weekend is mainly known for its appeal to non-committed prospects, but the committed prospects, such as Taylor, also have a huge role in the weekend's festivities.

"We want it to feel like a family atmosphere there," said Taylor. "There was me, Blake Tibbs, James (Deloach), and Quayvon Hicks and we hung out with guys like Avery Young. It was like family really. We recruited them but we also just had fun."

While the family atmosphere among 2012 prospects was clear, that same feeling was there with the current members of UGA's football team as well.

"It was also like family hanging with my host, John Jenkins, and the defensive line guys," Taylor said. "John is a great dude, and just spending time with my other d-line guys was like being with family too."

The family vibe was prevalent all weekend according to Taylor, but it was the support for the players by fans and coaches that made the biggest impact on the Peach State star.

"The Gala was just awesome really. It was awesome," said Taylor. "It was cool to see the fans come out in support of the players and watch them get their awards. Plus we got to see the coaches give the awards. It was great."

Although Saturday was Taylor's official visit to Georgia, it won't be his last by any stretch of the imagination.

"I plan to be up there a lot between now and signing day," he said. "I want to be up there and be with my teammates and help out with this class."

Despite his lofty ranking and immense talent on the field Taylor understands that his work between now and signing day will be the key to his ability to contribute come fall.

"Right now, I'm working to get a little stronger, and a little faster, and get myself ready for college ball," said Taylor. "Me and James (Deloach) are working together for that."

One of tbe biggest surprises of the weekend was Cedar Grove offensive tackle Brandon Greene's appearance as an official visitor.

According to Taylor, Georgia fans might have a reason to feel optimistic about the three star lineman.

When asked if he thinks Greene will give UGA a serious look, the Jenkins County standout responded, "Oh yeah."

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