An early signing period was recently approved for college football, and at least one current Tennessee commitment plans to take advantage of the new rule.
Alontae Taylor, a four-star athlete/wide receiver out of Manchester, TN, tweeted out this week that he plans to sign his National Letter of Intent on December 22nd.
I will be Signing my (NLI) December 22 ..
— Alontae Taylor (@TaeTaylor6) June 5, 2017
Taylor has done a little bit of everything for Coffee County Central High School. Taylor has played quarterback, running back, wide receiver, and defensive back in his three years of high school so far. Despite being projected as a receiver for college, Taylor has actually played little receiver in high school. He has just 22 catches for 223 yards and a score in high school, but he’s completed 106 of his 212 pass attempts for 1,355 yards, seven touchdowns, and seven interceptions along with running the ball 563 times for 4,591 yards and 53 scores.
The new early signing period in college football will begin this season and will run for 72 hours starting on December 20th and ending December 22nd. The early signing period works just like National Signing Day does, meaning the recruit who signs during the early period is bound to the school just like they would be if they signed in February.
Taylor has been committed to the Vols since mid-June of 2016. Only five-star offensive lineman and legacy prospect Cade Mays has been committed to the Vols longer in the 2018 class. Taylor is listed as a top-200 overall player according to the 247Sports Composite rankings and holds offers from Florida, LSU, Georgia, South Carolina, Vanderbilt, Stanford, Louisville, and more.