According to a statement issued by his coach this morning, Alphonse Taylor has decided against attenting Florida State University. Per the Huntsville Times:
"After much deliberation and conversation, Alphonse Taylor has decided against attending Florida State University," Riley's statement said. "We have spent the greater part of the past two days discussing this decision and its ramifications. I have met with the family and they are in full support of their son and Florida Stare was notified of his decision this morning.
"As you are aware we frown upon this type of thing at Davidson and this has been discussed at great length with Alphonse. We are asking that he be allowed a couple of days to work through this and he will not be available or making any public statements concerning this or his future until sometime Friday." -
We have not (and to my knowledge, nobody else has) seen any quote from Taylor. We are dealing with 17-year old kids, and they change their minds all the time. I have no idea what Taylor will do.
The guess is that he'll go to Alabama. But there's no guarantee that Alabama has room. And since Taylor is supposed to enroll early, it complicates things further. I'm sure playing in the Alamaba-Mississippi All-Star game last week did not help FSU's chances.
From our scouting report in April:
As a player, Alphonse Taylor is certainly raw. At 6'6" and about 340 pounds, he packs tremendous power. His agility is good for his size, though he'll definitely need to get in better condition when he arrives in Tallahassee. Taylor wants to play left tackle in college, though he could also play right tackle or defensive tackle. Right tackle is the best bet, as his game is more power than agility. That FSU let him commit as an offensive tackle is encouraging in and of itself, as coach Rick Trickett is picky about his linemen. If he believes Taylor can play for him, that's really all you need to know given his track record. Taylor's academic profile is an unknown at this time. He would, however, be the largest player on Florida State's roster.
Taylor still has a lot of things to work on, but isn't a player FSU wanted to lose. Taylor was not likely a candidate to play early, because he is extremely raw at the position and needs to get in better shape.