Posted by Bryan Fischer
With an NCAA investigation well underway and a tough couple of months for Miami, many wondered when some of the players in their top 10 recruiting class would start to have second thoughts about the Hurricanes. After an official visit to Knoxville, Lakeland (Fla.) defensive end Trent Taylor had enough doubts about the program to switch his commitment to Tennessee late Wednesday night.
“He really enjoyed his visit when he came up (to Tennessee),” Taylor's high school coach Robert Whitaker told GVX247.com. “He liked the coaching staff and stuff. There were so many unknowns with Miami."
Taylor also held offers from Alabama, Florida and Florida State among others. The 6-foot-3, 245-pounder is rated as the 16th-best defensive tackle in the country but has the speed and pass rush moves to play end if needed.
"Trent is a hustler from the word go, he's a power rusher who can bull rush, and a speed rusher who can quickly avoid pass blockers and get to the QB in a hurry," analyst Tom Lemming said of Taylor. "He always seems to get under the blocker's pads and pushes them into the backfield, and sometimes into the QB. Gives great effort, never lets up and never gives up, is smart enough to stay in position and rarely gets caught in misdirection, and is a sure tackler."
Taylor is the 17th commitment for the Vols' class of 2012. He has 21 tackles and two sacks through four games this season.