Signee 101: Get to know 4-star WR Alontae Taylor


Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt probably released a big sigh of relief last Wednesday morning. That’s when 4-star Alontae Taylor announced he was committing to the Vols. Sure, Tennessee was probably the odds-on favorite to always land Taylor. With his talent, though, nothing can be taken for granted.

Here are a few things to know about Taylor:

  • Most refreshingly, Taylor is a really good kid, by all accounts. The Manchester, Tenn., native wants to make it to the NFL so he can give back to the community. He has good grades in the classroom and is respectful. Taylor plans to wait to Friday to officially sign with the Vols, which is a move to honor his late grandmother.

  • Taylor will also bring game-changing speed to the Vols next season, most likely at the wide receiver position. Tennessee struggled to great big plays all season. The wide receiver group has a few productive players, but few playmakers of Taylor’s caliber.
  • A life-long quarterback began his transformation into a wide receiver this season. He began practicing his route-running and working with other wide receives over the summer at The Opening camp. His dedication to his craft behind the scenes will allow him to be successful at the college level.
  • The quick-twitch ability of Taylor is what sets him apart. It’ll be tough for linebackers covering the slot to keep up with him. He will have to have corners cover him at the next level, which could open up the running game with another defensive back on the field.
  • Taylor loves to score touchdowns and make plays with the ball in hands. This is one the main reasons he chose the Vols. Georgia was the main threat, but the Bulldogs always saw him more as a defensive back. He has the ability to make it to the NFL from either position. Taylor wants to be the scoring touchdowns, though.

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