One of Georgia Tech‘s all-time great defensive backs, Jemea Thomas, is on his way to bigger and better things next season, so finding quality safeties and corners was something that the Yellow Jackets recruiting staff had to see as a priority. 2014 recruit Miles Taylor could have a bright future of his own manning the Tech secondary.
Say what you want about Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson’s recruiting ability, but the guy can get good defensive players to commit to his teams. With defensive coordinator Ted Roof going into his second season on the Flats, the caliber of recruits on defense will only continue to improve, and Taylor is Roof’s kind of guy.
The 6’0, 185 lb safety out of Washington D.C. (Gonzaga College HS), Taylor was Tech’s first commitment for the 2014 class, and passed up offers from UMass and Temple to come play as a Yellow Jacket.
He’s got all the skills of a quality free safety, although he does lack some of the size. Very good at reacting in coverage and excellent on run support, Taylor will be competing almost immediately to get playing time in his freshman season. His instincts and solid tackling (he’s got that big-hit nature) will certainly bode well for him to play on special teams.
Rivals.com ranks Taylor 47th in the nation at his position, while ESPN has him at 49th. Both give him a 3-star ranking, with high expectations.
The biggest task for Taylor, other than just polishing his game and learning to play at an FBS level, will be to add a little bulk to his frame, and some speed to his game.
With his ability to create turnovers during his high school career, it will be fun to see if Taylor can translate that into his college game. Not only was Taylor a more than decent ball hawk in coverage, but he also knows how to force a fumble by punching the ball out while tackling.
Jemea Thomas’ shoes are some big ones to fill, but if Miles Taylor lives up to what the Tech coaching staff sees in him, we may be talking about filling his shoes in a few years.