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Tue. October 20, 2009 | Keith Niebuhr

Countryside RB Alton Taylor leads all Pinellas County players in rushing (1,001 yards) and touchdowns (20), and his coach is adamant that Taylor can play Division I-A football.

But as of yet, Taylor has no major college scholarship offers.

The problem, it would seem, isn’t talent. It’s the fact he’s a senior.

You see, this is Taylor’s first year as the team’s primary RB (he played WR last year). Because of that, colleges didn’t know much about him when the season began. And in this day and age, that’s a problem for a potential recruit.

In fact, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution writes that “Within the last five years, methods of recruiting have changed drastically, with colleges both offering scholarships to and accepting commitments from primarily high school juniors. Who is hurt most in this shift to early recruiting?”

You guessed it … seniors.

"It's not impossible for a young man to come out of the blue as a senior and earn a big-time scholarship offer, but the odds are a lot longer than they used to be," North Gwinnett coach Bob Sphire told the paper. "Just about every college coach that stops by our school these days is asking about juniors and sophomores. They are finished with seniors, unless something happens."

You can find the complete AJC story HERE.

--KEITH NIEBUHR (kniebuhr@sptimes.com)

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