High School Sports

Peach County's Reggie Taylor signs with Auburn

Reggie Taylor is a man of his word.

So when Tommy Tuberville resigned as Auburn's head coach, and the Tigers saw many of their prized recruits revoke their verbal commitments, Taylor never second guessed his decision.

"Once I'm committed, I'm committed to that school," Taylor said. "I've been dreaming of this day since I was in ninth grade."

Although Taylor was approached by other schools once Auburn and Tuberville parted ways, the Tigers' new coaching staff made sure Taylor remained a priority.

"(Auburn's new head coach) Gene Chizik came down on a private jet to my house and told me how much he wanted me to play for him," Taylor said. "It was already a sealed deal, but that tied the knot."

With an already lengthy list of All-SEC defensive backs, Taylor thrives to be the next shut-down cornerback to wear the orange and blue.

With a 40-yard dash clocked at 4.4-seconds, the Fort Valley native is setting his sights high.

"Everyone's seen over the year's how talented Auburn's defense is," Taylor said. "I want to be talked about like those guys."

But after a disappointing 5-7 season in 2008, and the loss of underclassmen Sen'Derrick Marks and Trey Blackmon to the draft, Taylor may see his number called earlier than expected.

Although Taylor possesses unequal speed, Auburn is looking for him to bulk up physically.

"Right now I weigh about 175 and they want me to be at 195 for the season," Taylor said. "The SEC is a fast and powerful conference, but that's the way I play. I love the SEC."

For Peach County head coach Chad Campbell, seeing his star defensive player sign with a college in the SEC means more to him that just playing football.

"To know that Reggie will get his education completely paid for means everything to me," Campbell said. "Football won't last forever, and to be able to have a degree means so much."

Campbell, however, made no secret of how much his team will be the presence of Taylor on the field.

Taylor took over the starting position as just a sophomore.

"Reggie was the heart and soul of our defense," Campbell said. "He was our vocal leader, and just a really good all-around player. He can run as fast as anyone we've ever had play here."