Four-star WR called Georgia to commit but no one answered; eventually went with Tennessee


Coffee County Central (Manchester, Tenn.) wide receiver Alontae Taylor has always been an avid believer in the notion that everything happens for a reason but never more so than November 12 when he de-committed from Tennessee after Butch Jones was fired as the Vols head coach.

“Just the way things happened after that was scary to think about it now,” Taylor said. “It’s something that people wouldn’t even believe.”

Shortly after backing out of his commitment, Taylor called the Georgia staff fully intending to commit to the Bulldogs, but never got an answer after several attempts.

Yes, really.

“I was gonna be a Bulldog,” said Taylor, a four-star receiver who recently played in the Under Armour All-America Game. “I was ready.”

He remained willing and ready the next day when the Georgia coaching staff became aware of his intentions and tried to reach out to him, but Taylor was attending a basketball game at his high school and had no reception on his cell phone.


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