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Alphonse Taylor opens it back up

12/13/2011

ESPNU 150 offensive line prospect Alphonse Taylor (Mobile, Ala./Davidson) is no longer committed to Florida State. The nation’s No. 21-ranked offensive tackle prospect has opened his recruitment back up.

“After much deliberation and conversation, Alphonse Taylor has decided against attending Florida State University," Davidson coach Fred Riley said in a statement to the Mobile Press Register. "We have spent the greater part of the past two days discussing this decision and its ramifications. I have met with the family, and they are in full support of their son and Florida Stare was notified of his decision this morning.

"As you are aware we frown upon this type of thing at Davidson and this has been discussed at great length with Alphonse. We are asking that he be allowed a couple of days to work through this and he will not be available or making any public statements concerning this or his future until sometime Friday."

Riley has a strict commitment policy with his student-athletes that began to take shape in 2004. Since then he has had one decommitment and that was London Crawford, who backed off LSU to sign with Arkansas. Here’s what Riley told me back in the spring when I met with him at Davidson.

“Our kid’s world is so small and it’s our job to take care of them and to protect them,” Riley said. “We do everything we can to make the recruiting process easier on them. And we do everything we can to prevent a kid from committing to a school. But once you do it it’s done. A commitment means a commitment. There are no soft commitments here. There are no extra visits once you make your decision. If teams continue to send letters and stuff it gets thrown away immediately. That upsets a lot of college coaches until they get one from here. Then they like it. It makes it nice and easy and we have a zero tolerance policy.”

Taylor, 6-foot-5 and 334-pounds, gave his pledge to FSU in April. He committed to the ‘Noles over Alabama, LSU and Auburn. There is speculation that he could end up in Tuscaloosa and play for the Crimson Tide.

Taylor is the No. 145 ranked recruit in the EPNU 150 and the No. 9 rated player from the state of Alabama.