Alontae Taylor is the lone Tennessee commit that will participate at this weekend’s The Opening event in Oregon. Five star offensive tackle and Tennessee commit Cade Mays won’t get to take part due to injury.
So Taylor get the spotlight from us this weekend. He’s listed as an athlete, but likely will be working at receiver in the future. 247 Sports Barton Simmons released his watch list for the event, including the Tennessee commit in his “five with questions to answer” column.
Here’s what Simmons had to say.
Alontae Taylor – WR
247Sports ranking – No. 230 (Composite ranking 122)
Taylor is a twitched up, sudden athlete that has got a lot of upside. As a high school quarterback, though, he's not very polished at the wide receiver position. This week will be a great test to see how he catches the ball, tracks the ball in the air and separates as a route-runner. If he can show improvement in those areas, the Tennessee commit could see his ranking rise.
Taylor is currently ranked as a four start prospect and is one of Tennessee’s highest ranked commitments to this point. The Volunteers are certainly in need of playmakers on the perimeter.
The goal for the athletes at these all star events is to open eyes and receive higher rankings. I wouldn’t expect any change of heart from Taylor, however. He’s been committed to Tennessee for over a year now. He’s and in-state kid from Manchester and a top player in Tennessee.
It will be fun to see Taylor work and watch how he develops this weekend during live action. We’ll get to follow Taylor’s through the Under Armour All-American game, which he announced he would be taking part in back in March.