Auburn's defensive backfield is getting some experience reinforcement, courtesy of the MAC. Marshall Taylor, a standout cornerback from Miami (OH), graduates this spring, and will be eligible to play right away for the Tigers in 2016. Taylor confirmed the commitment to Auburn to AL.com earlier this week:
"I'm excited. Auburn's been to two national championships in the last five years, not a lot of programs can say that... I just believe in what Coach (Gus) Mazlahn and the whole staff has going on. They have a really good team and I'm just trying to come in and be another piece to the puzzle."
Louisville held a slight edge for Taylor prior to his visit to Auburn. He has canceled his planned official visits to Michigan State and Florida.
"I'm done," he said. "I'm a Tiger. I'm done."
The Miami Studenthas more on Taylor's career with the RedHawks.
The 6-foot-2, 199-pound corner was a standout during his freshman year at Miami. He led all freshmen with 40 tackles and started five of the 11 games in which he played.
He redshirted the next year, but started all 12 games of the 2014 season alongside current Green Bay Packers cornerback Quinten Rollins. He totaled 30 tackles, one interception and nine pass breakups.
Last season, he played in 11 games, starting 10. He totaled 39 tackles and two interceptions, including a pick-six against Akron University. He had a collegiate career-high nine tackles against University of Wisconsin early in the season.
Taylor's Twitter account is private, but he's already changed his profile picture and bio to reflect his new football home.
Taylor is a Georgia native. He'll have a chance to play in his home state for the first time as a college athlete on November 12, when the Tigers travel to face UGA.