Committed tight end has an official and unofficial visit set

Oct 21, 2021 | 0 comments

CJ Hawkins‍’ decision to flip his commitment from Florida to Stanford caused the Gators coaching staff to circle back around and start to once again recruit Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) Saint Thomas Aquinas three-star tight end Mason Taylor‍.

“Coach [Tim] Brewster and Coach [Dan] Mullan both spoke to me last week,” said Taylor. “They were just checking in and wanting to get me up for a visit.”

The 6-foot-5, 230-pounder was originally offered by UF after visiting campus in June.

A month later he committed to LSU after narrowing his options down to a final two of the Gators and Tigers.

Last weekend he saw his two finalists square off.

“The game was good,” observed Taylor. “I feel like LSU is very young and has a lot of room to improve and Florida killed themselves with turnovers.”

While watching the game he also was sure to pay close attention to two players who could potentially be throwing him the ball next season – LSU sophomore Max Johnson and UF freshman Anthony Richardson.

“Since they can both be there for the majority of years I'm there (I follow them),” said Taylor. “They are both great quarterbacks and I think Richardson is a freak athlete."

Even after the win, Ed Orgeron and LSU decided to part ways, leaving Taylor somewhat in limbo.

“It sucks that he is being let go since I was committed there with him as the head coach,” said Taylor. “I’m going to take visits and see what I like and who fills the head coaching spot at LSU.”

As of now, Taylor said he has two visits in mind.

“I plan to visit Alabama and Florida.”

According to Taylor, he will take an unofficial visit to see Alabama take on LSU, and then he will officially visit Florida when the Gators take on Florida State.

Taylor is the No. 464 ranked prospect in the nation according to the 247 Sports Composite.

The Inside Scoop: This is one of the more interesting recruiting processes to follow. Just last month we were told that while Mullen and Gerrick McGee liked Taylor as a tight-end prospect, Brewster wasn't on board. That was when Hawkins was still committed though. Now, it appears that Florida is going to make an all-out push for Taylor, and it's not to say that they will absolutely land him, they’ll have to overcome Brewster’s initial reluctance to wanting him, but you have to feel good about their chances if that gets worked out.

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