2018 Commitment Updates Status After Azzanni’s Departure

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    One of Tennessee’s two 2018 commitments says he’s still committed to the Vols, but is “open” to looking around after the departure of wide receivers coach Zach Azzanni earlier in the week.

    Four-star ‘athlete’ Alontae Taylor, who is expected to play receiver for UT, sent some mixed signals about his future as a Vol in a statement sent out via Twitter late Friday evening about his college future.

    Taylor, who plays quarterback for Coffee County Central High School in Manchester, Tenn., committed to Tennessee last June and was a visitor at Tennessee’s recent Junior Day. Azzanni’s departure to the Chicago Bears, however, clearly changes the outlook a bit for the 6-foot, 180-pound prospect, who is ranked as the 17th best ‘athlete’ in the country by 247Sports.

    Taylor has previously made visits to Florida, Louisville and Ole Miss, among other places. He has an impressive offer list that also includes Michigan, Stanford, Georgia and several others.

    The Vols are currently in the midst of a search for a new wide receivers coach to replace Azzanni. Butch Jones’ decision on that front very well may determine if Tennessee is able to retain Taylor in the 2018 class or not.