Alphonse Taylor, a 6'6" 330 pound tackle from Davidson High School in Mobile, Alabama has committed to the Florida State Seminoles, Noles247.com reports. FSU is continuing its torrid recruiting pace.
Taylor had a great visit to Florida State over the weekend. We profiled his twitter musings here.
As a player, Alphonse Taylor is certainly raw. At 6'6" and about 330 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 will probably be a four-star recruit on most services. He is athletic for his huge size, but his on-field production hasn't really been there to date. It's likely more time at offensive tackle will change that.
Coach Dameyune Craig continues his excellent work in the Mobile, Alabama area. He's a legend in the area, having played for Blount High School and then starred at Auburn before going to the NFL and finally returning to coach in the area before arriving at Florida State.
Florida State, which signed the #1 class of 2011, is likely to bring in an equally talented class in 2012, though it will probably be smaller in number. Florida State continues to do an excellent job identifying targets quickly and landing them early. Alphonse Taylor is the eighth commitment of the 2012 class. He joins Mario Edwards, Jr. (6'5" 280 DE & #1 player in Texas), Dalvon Stuckey (6'3" 295lb DT), Delmarick "Mario" Pender (elite RB), P.J. Williams (excellent DB), and Dante Fowler, Jr. (excellent defensive end), Chris Casher(excellent defensive end), and Roberto Aguayo (kicker). All six position players are in the early top-150 rankings. Florida State already has good talent. With the 2011 and 2012 classes, however, it is about to have great talent.