Transfer Tracker: Young DT becomes available
Mark Pszonak contributed to this report.
The transfer portal never stops grinding. Defensive tackles have been one of the hottest commodities in the portal, so when on Monday, 2020 4-star Eric Taylor of LSU became available, he quickly received plenty of immediate attention.
Recruiting: Taylor committed to LSU during the summer leading up to his senior season. Kentucky proved to be the strongest competition, while Florida State, Georgia and Alabama were also seriously involved.
At LSU: Taylor did not see any playing time during his true freshman season with the Tigers.
Potential landing spots: Kentucky immediately came to the forefront, both because they coveted Taylor coming out of high school and of their recent success with other LSU transfers (Dare Rosenthal and Kelvin Joseph). Other schools to keep an eye on include Auburn, Indiana, UAB and Troy.
Farrell’s Take: As a four star outside the Rivals250, Taylor had a ton of potential coming out of high school as a tall defensive tackle who could play low. And that hasn't changed. I would expect the Wildcats to push strongly here and I think he's a Power Five talent with a ton of upside as a gap shooter.
Impact Meter: 7.6 out of 10
The Transfer Portal continues to change the way college football programs recruit and manage their rosters so we here at Rivals.com continue to evolve our coverage. Each time a player of note enters the portal, we will examine their potential impact on the college football landscape and assign an impact rating, both when they enter the portal and when they choose a destination. The scale is from 1-10 and the description below explains the scoring scale.
1.1-4.0 — Not a big impact expected, likely a non-starter and down the bench depth player.
4.1- 6.0 — A solid impact can be expected in the right scenario and has the potential to battle for a starting job.
6.1-9.0. — A high impact player who won’t change a program but will certainly be a very good contributor and starter.
9.1- 9.9 — A very high impact player who should start the moment he steps on the field and will change the outlook of a program immediately.
10 — A franchise transfer who has a chance to be an All American and one of the elite players in college football.