TUSCALOOSA, AL - APRIL 17: One of the 96,000 Alabama Crimson Tide fans that attended the Alabama spring football game at Bryant Denny Stadium on April 17, 2010 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Dave Martin/Getty Images)
A huge linemen for Alabama.
Alphonse Taylor, a massive recruit from Mobile, Alabama has committed to the Crimson Tide. Taylor was a commitment to Florida State for several months, but recently dropped the Seminoles. Per Scout's Andrew Bone:
Taylor stars for Mobile's Davidson High School. He stands 6'6" and weighs 340+ pounds. Taylor was planning to play offensive line for the Seminoles, but rumor is that he now wants to play defensive line -- a position at which Florida State does not have room, and at which it has not offered Taylor.
Alabama apparently has room for Taylor to play defensive line. Taylor is rumored to have attempted to commit to Alabama earlier last week, but at the time, Alabama is rumored not to have accept the commitment. NCAA rule prohibits schools from commenting on recruits. It appears the Tide now has room.
Taylor is a better fit for offensive line than defensive line, because his reactions are slow. But if he improves in that area, perhaps Alabama can use him at nose guard. Taylor certainly has the physical ability to play the position, but some players are better suited for offense, where they know where to go before the snap. If nose guard doesn't work, the Tide will have a good offensive tackle prospect. Either way, Taylor needs a lot of work. He's very, very raw at offensive tackle. Taylor offers impressive power and surprising quickness for his size. He's potentially a very good prospect.
Taylor plans to enroll early and should be in Tuscaloosa for Spring semester.
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