February 13, 2011

In-state athlete garnering interest

It's safe to say that Lester (AL) West Limestone athlete Alex Taylor is a diamond in the rough. The north Alabama star is from a school and area that isn't known for churning out SEC level prospects. That, however, hasn't stopped Taylor from catching the eye of several college coaches.

"I've gotten letters from a bunch of schools, but the main schools that are looking at me right now are Auburn, Alabama, Ole Miss, and Tennessee," said Taylor. "I probably talk to Auburn and Alabama the most."

Taylor has already made multiple trips to Tuscaloosa to check out what the Crimson Tide have to offer.

"Two weeks ago I went to Alabama for their junior day," he said. "It was pretty neat- I enjoyed it. I got to talk with Coach (Nick) Saban- we mainly just talked about academics. Alabama wants me as a receiver. Most of the other schools are looking at me as an athlete. During the season, I went to all of Alabama's home games, one of Auburn's games, and some of the Ole Miss games, too."

West Limestone head coach David Arnsparger raves about his star player's talent.

"Alex is a playmaker," he said. "He's a guy who can get in the open field and score touchdowns. We primarily lined him up as a quarterback in the Wildcat formation. We'd let him take the direct snap and then go score touchdowns. He also played some receiver for us, but realistically, our offense centered around him making plays from the direct snap.

"Right now, I'd say it's most likely that someone will get him and train him at wide receiver. He's an unfinished product and isn't going to have any bad habits. He's 6'4, 200 pounds and is very strong and lean- he has very low body fat. He's faster than anybody he's ever played against. He comes in and out of his breaks very well, but we just don't throw the ball. It's a little different at a smaller high school- all of our kids go both ways so we can't get real fancy. He plays safety and corner on defense for us. He's also our kicker and can put it in the endzone on kickoffs."

As a junior, Taylor ran the ball 105 times for 1,173 yards (11.17 yards per carry) and 11 touchdowns en route to being named to named to the Alabama Class 4A All-State team. He also had 10 kickoff returns for 545 yards for an average of 54.5 yards per return.

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