Talented Linebacker Still Waiting

Jamichael Taylor

Wetumpka linebacker Jamichael Taylor talks about the loss to Auburn to end the season and how recruiting is going.

Wetumpka, Ala.--After falling 49-21 to Auburn High to bring the 2008 season to an end, the Wetumpka Indians were determined not to let the same thing happen this season against the number one ranked Tigers in the second round of the 6A playoffs.

Playing undefeated Auburn toe-to-toe before falling in the final moments, Wetumpka fell 27-24 last Friday, but even in defeat senior linebacker Jamichael Taylor was proud of the way his team played.

"Basically coming out knowing they were the number one team in the state, most teams might have gone in thinking they didn't have much of a chance," Taylor tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "We know what kind of team we have and the preparation we had. We knew it would be tough, but if everybody did their job we could get a win. We almost pulled it off."

Taylor runs for yardage against Auburn.

Much of the reason for that was because of the play of Taylor. Finishing with double-figures in tackles and 43 yards on the ground on only five carries, the 6-0, 235 middle linebacker was all over the field in the loss. He notes while it was a solid performance for him, he feels like he's played at close to that level all season.

"I played harder knowing that it was my senior year and it was win or go home," Taylor says. "I pretty much have been consistent the whole year."

After a strong junior year that saw him finish with 118 tackles and three sacks, Taylor upped those totals in 2009. In 12 games he finished with 170 tackles and added three more sacks. Because of his play and ability to fill the hole against the run, Taylor says that he's getting some strong interest from top programs around the South.

"I'm hearing from a bunch of schools like South Carolina and Alabama," Taylor notes. "Auburn is showing me interest along with Troy, Tennessee and Clemson. There are a lot of schools from the SEC and ACC."

Currently offers from several smaller schools and big schools such as New Mexico, Troy and Vanderbilt, Taylor says that he's waited this long and will keep waiting to make sure he gets an offer and accepts if from the right school.

"I'm just going to wait it out," Taylor says. "I basically jumped on the map late because of the camps. I'm just holding out for someone to come on board."

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