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Greensboro's Jimmie Taylor commits to Alabama


Greensboro's Jimmie Taylor (10) blocks a shot against Central Coosa on Feb. 21, 2011 in Montgomery. (Photo by Robert Sutton)


Growing weary of answering almost daily questions about where he would go to school, Greensboro power forward Jimmie Taylor made up his mind Thursday then drove to Tuscaloosa Friday and informed the Alabama coaching staff that he wanted to commit to the Crimson Tide.

Taylor, 6-foot-9, 225 pounds, is the nation's No. 30 player in the 2013 class and the Crimson Tide's second commitment along with Shannon Hale. Taylor is cousins with former UA standout and SEC Player of the Year, Erwin Dudley.

"I actually decided like Thursday night that I was going to go ahead and do it," Taylor said. "I was like the summer is coming up and recruiting is going to get worse than it already is, so I need to go on and put some closure to it and go ahead and commit. I thought it through and Alabama is my best option.



"I told the coaches right before I got ready to leave. They just got real happy. They went crazy."



Taylor chose Alabama over offers from Auburn, Georgia, Georgetown, Mississippi State and Vanderbilt among others.



A defensive force, Taylor's forte is blocking shots. He blocked 97 shots his junior season, as Greensboro won its second consecutive Class 3A state championship. He averaged 9.6 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.3 assists.



Alabama has big plans for Taylor's defensive abilities.



"I love the coaches at Alabama because they know what I can do," Taylor said. "That was a big factor really. I wanted to pick a school I could be effective at. I can be effective at Alabama. 



"They said they'll use me on defense on the back of the press to get blocks and as I develop more they'll be able to run the offense through me in the post."



He said he wants to report to Alabama at 235-240 pounds.



Greensboro coach Craig Williams said Alabama is getting a great all-around student-athlete.



"Jimmie's a great kid. He's never been in trouble. He's in the top two or three in his class. He's great academically.



"He was actually supposed to announce it back in April, but then he said he was going to wait till this summer. But he told me Friday. He sent me a text message that said, 'I committed.' 



"I think he probably got tired of people asking him. It's kind of hard for him. You have the media, but then you have all his friends, you have his family and people who just see him out in the streets. It gets overwhelming, everybody coming up to you asking you what you're going to do, where you're going to go. He got to the point where, 'OK, I'm going here. It's done. It's over. Stop asking me.'"



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