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Better Know A Signee: C.J. Taylor

Tennessee’s 6A Mr. Football signed with Vanderbilt on Wednesday.

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C.J. Taylor

Hometown: McMinnville, Tennessee

High School: Warren County

Height: 6’1”

Weight: 195

Position: Defensive back

Rivals: Three-star recruit, #34 in Tennessee

247 Sports: Three-star recruit, #105 safety, #34 in Tennessee, #1218 national

Other offers: Arkansas State, Mississippi State

So, that’s a fun highlight tape: C.J. Taylor, who signed with Vanderbilt on Wednesday, was recruited to play safety. But you might notice that he’s playing quarterback.

Taylor was named the 6A Mr. Football in Tennessee for his exploits at the quarterback position for Warren County, where he rushed 212 times for 1764 yards and 23 touchdowns, in addition to throwing for three touchdowns. (The fact that the quarterback had 23 rushing touchdowns and three passing touchdowns should tell you a bit about why he wasn’t recruited as a quarterback.) But he’s a good athlete and should find a spot to play somewhere at Vanderbilt, whether that’s at defensive back (where he’ll be tried out first) or somewhere else.

Anyway, the point here is that “signing the 6A Mr. Football in Tennessee” is something should happen more often than it does at Vanderbilt.