Academics are playing a big part in the decision of which school to attend for Central Gwinnett (Ga.) safety Aaron Taylor. They not only were a factor in him committing to Toledo last month, but have a lot to do with why Navy is still in the picture.
"At Toledo, I like all the stuff and programs they have," Taylor said. "In talking with coach [Tim Beckman], he told me about how they felt about academics and things like that. My family holds academics really high."
The 6-feet, 192-pound Taylor claims six offers, three from FBS programs (Ball State, Ohio and Toledo). Additionally, he is hearing from Navy and, at least a little, from Georgia Tech.
Taylor made an official visit to Ohio earlier this fall and will official to Toledo this weekend. According to the Taylor, the Rockets are recruiting him the hardest, and even picked up the pace after he committed to them.
"It feels really good because it seems like the coaches like me," Taylor said. "There's a good relationship there."
That said, he added, "I'm firm, but I kind of want to see how it all plays out."
Navy is the team to watch, even though it hasn't offered.
"I feel like they will [pull the trigger]," Taylor said. "I like talking to the coach and things like that. And I like the academics. He was telling me, if I come out of Navy as an officer I'll make good money. If I get that, you don't have to go to the league"