ESPN 60 center Jimmie Taylor (Greensboro, Ala./Greensboro) committed to in-state Alabama on Thursday during an unofficial campus visit.
Taylor said he always knew he had options but the visit gave him good piece of mind about the Crimson Tide. “I went up there and I saw it and I wanted to get it over with,” Taylor said.
Alabama head coach Anthony Grant’s had a hand in the development of more than a few guys (Al Horford, Joakim Noah and Larry Sanders) who made it into the first round of the NBA draft. Don’t think Grant didn’t toss those names around ad nauseum with Taylor.
“He used the comparison to Horford a lot,” Taylor said. “He said I’m better than Larry [Sanders] was when he first had him.”
That's high praise and Taylor owns one of the longest wingspans of anyone in the class. Offensively, he has work to do -- just like Horford, Noah and Sanders needed -- but his length will allow him to make a difference right away on the defensive end. It’s up to Taylor to put the polish on his game offensively. For now, think Damontre Harris, the former South Carolina Gamecock.
In addition to Grant’s collection of bigs that he helped nurture to the NBA, the Crimson Tide had an insider amongst Taylor’s crew. Taylor’s cousin is former Alabama standout Erwin Dudley and that never hurts the home team.
The significance here is that Alabama kept one if its own – and a good one at that.