Offensive linemen do not always generate excitement from fans of college football recruiting, but Ole Miss got a huge addition to the 2014 class in Roderick Taylor.
The Clarion-Ledger's Rod Walker reported the commitment:
Callaway OL Rod Taylor,considered state's top prospect, commits to Ole Miss— Rod Walker (@rwalker1906) July 10, 2013
Scout.com's Yancy Porter confirmed:
4-Star OL Roderick Taylor announces for Ole Miss over Alabama today. He marks the 3rd Jackson Callaway player to commit to the Rebels.— Yancy Porter (@YancyPorter) July 10, 2013
The offensive guard is a 4-star recruit in 247 Sports' composite rankings. He is rated the second-best player at his position and the No. 48 overall prospect in the country.
In addition, he is listed as the top player in the entire state of Mississippi, which has earned him attention from pretty much every school in the SEC.
However, the Rebels will be lucky to have him moving bodies in the middle of the offensive line.
Taylor already has great size for the position, listed at 6'3.5" and 305 pounds. While most linemen on both sides of the ball are forced to redshirt while they put on weight, he has the ability to step in and perform right away if needed.
Of course, a year or two in a collegiate strength and conditioning program will make him even tougher.
The star of Callaway High School excelled at tackle, but he will be dominant at the next level if he moves inside. His ability to run block is very advanced for his age.
His great play helped him be named to 247 Sports' 2014 All-American team. The site had some glowing words for the blossoming lineman:
Taylor has several key traits desirable in an offensive guard- he's athletic, strong, has outstanding feet, and possesses a surly disposition. The 6-foot-3.5, 305-pounder plays tackle for Callaway excelling in both pass protection and getting to the second level as a run blocker.
Those who watch the NFL and college football closely have seen first-hand what kind of an impact a great interior lineman can have on a team. A big-time player can clear space in the middle and make any running back in the country look good.
Over the next few years, Taylor is going to make sure that happens for Ole Miss.