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More Roc for Rocky Top

Oxford junior receiver Taylor commits to Tennessee, calls it ‘a good fit’

By Al Muskewitz
East Alabama Sports Today
Sitting around the house like all of us during these days of coronavirus quarantine has given two-sport Oxford star Roc Taylor a lot of time to think about his future.
Taking a no time like the present approach, Taylor pulled the trigger on his college future Friday and committed to the University of Tennessee. The junior three-star receiver made the announcement on his Twitter account and briefly discussed the decision afterwards with East Alabama Sports Today.
“I really think Tennessee will be a good fit for me,” he said. “They don’t have a lot of big receivers; I’m like the only big receiver (6-4, 218) they have. And I liked the vibes with the coaches. I connected well with Tee Martin.
“I’ve been thinking about it a lot. I’ve just been doing research on the different schools I had offers from and they stuck out to me the most.”
Taylor had several Division I offers, including Arkansas, South Carolina and Kansas State. He said he last visited Tennessee in February.
Taylor burst on the scene as a powerful basketball player as a freshman and gave Oxford a formidable inside presence when partnered with South Alabama signee Zondrick Garrett. He was the MVP of this year’s Calhoun County Tournament and in the Jackets’ final game of the season, a 70-67 overtime loss to Pinson Valley in the Class 6A Northeast Regional, he had 18 points and 11 rebounds to Garrett’s 28 and 11.
Those skills and athleticism transferred well to the football field where he became a big-play receiver for the state champion Yellow Jackets.

Cover photo by B.J. Franklin

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