Georgia has put together an elite recruiting class so far in the 2018 recruiting cycle. The Bulldogs signed six five-star prospects and 12 four-star prospects during the early signing period according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. They signed 11 players inside the 247Sports Composite top 120 prospects.
And they almost had a 12th prospect inside the top 120. But Georgia’s coaches didn’t pick up their phones.
According to four-star wide receiver/athlete and Tennessee signee Alontae Taylor, he almost committed to Georgia after he decommitted from the Vols in November. But he never got the chance.
Per an interview with ESPN writer Tom VanHaaren, Taylor stated that when he decommitted from the Vols in November, he called Georgia to commit to them. But none of the Bulldogs’ coaches picked up, and that allowed him more time to evaluate his situation.
And those missed phone calls ended up being extremely beneficial for the Vols, as Taylor eventually came back to Tennessee and signed with the Vols during the early signing period.
Taylor, an in-state prospect, is currently the second-highest signee in the Vols’ 2018 class, and he should prove to be one of the more pivotal players in Tennessee’s 2018 class.
If you believe in divine intervention, then Taylor’s story probably only reaffirms that. His story makes it appear like he was always destined to be a Vol.
Tennessee needed all the help they could get in recruiting before Jeremy Pruitt was hired as head coach. And that includes Georgia coaches not answering their phones. Now Pruitt and his staff have been making inroads on several elite players, and it appears the Vols could be able to close strongly in their 2018 class.