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|Name||Rating||Ht./Wt.||High School||Position||Colleges Considering|
|Chance Warmack||B+||6'3"/330||Westlake High School||Offensive tackle||Alabama|
|Dearco Nolan||B+||6'3"/230||Westlake High School||Defensive end||Middle Tennessee State|
|Michael Taylor||No Rating||6'1"/200||Westlake High School||Linebacker||Florida|
When Michael Taylor revealed that he had decommitted from Tennessee this past Wednesday, it was naturally assumed it was because coach Lane Kiffin pulled an about-face and jettisoned Rocky Top for Southern California. But the truth is the fast-rising linebacker from Atlanta’s Westlake High School had already backed out before the Kiffins bolted. Taylor had silently committed to the Florida Gators a week ago Sunday before leaving his official visit to Gainesville. He went public with the news this past Sunday.
Although he has been committed to Alabama and Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban for months, don't think that Westlake offensive lineman Chance Warmack will have a prime seat at Saturday's SEC Championship game at the Georgia Dome. NCAA rules will prevent that. "I think there is a rule against being able to give tickets to a game that is not a home game," Warmack said this week. "So I'll probably just watch it at home. That's what I did with the Clemson game at the beginning of the season." But Warmack was at the Iron Bowl last week to witness the Tide's 36-0 domination of Auburn. "It was crazy. I guess that's the best word to be able to describe the atmosphere and how the fans were," Warmack said. "Just crazy." The experience made him even more anxious to get to Tuscaloosa, which he will do in January so that he can participate in spring drills. Still Warmack said Alabama's fanatical fan base won't impact his play next season. "I've always just tried to tune out the fans," he said. "I just focus on what I have to do on the field."
Westlake linebacker Dearco Nolan learned a lesson in recruiting: Things are moving pretty fast. Maybe too fast. "Last night was so crazy. I thought 'Whoa, I'm not used to this,'" said Nolan, referring to the seven calls from recruiters he had received the previous night. The calls were from schools already recruiting him, including calls from the head coaches at Iowa State and Middle Tennessee State, two of the schools that have been recruiting him the longest. With the regular season over for most colleges, the recruiting season has picked up. That's one reason why he said he doesn't plan to make any visits to prospective schools until after Christmas. "Right now, I'm just trying to chill and not get caught up in all of the hype," said Nolan, who has offers from Iowa State, Middle Tennessee, North Carolina State, North Carolina, Mississippi and Marshall. Nolan said he plans to visit Iowa State on Jan. 16 and is trying to set up a visit to Middle Tennessee. He also wants to make an official visit to UCLA, which hasn't offered, "but they're highly interested." He said he's not leaning in any direction yet, but pointed out that Iowa State has been recruiting him for more than a year and a recruiter was at Westlake on Monday. "I give them the most respect because they've been there since the beginning," he said. Middle Tennessee has been recruiting Nolan quite a while, too, and the school has appeal because he is a Tennessee native and has a lot of family living in the Volunteer State. Nolan also expressed interest in Georgia Tech, which hasn't offered but has been contacting him. He said he wasn't that interested in the Yellow Jackets, but their strong finish may be changing his mind. "The way they finished the season was amazing," he said.
It took a little while, but Westlake quarterback Lewis Kindle picked up his first scholarship offer last week from Alcorn State, the alma mater of former NFL quarterback Steve McNair. After a solid senior season, Kindle has a number of suitors, including Troy, Middle Tennessee State, Tennessee-Martin and Eastern Kentucky. But he didn't get an official offer until the Braves called last week. Alcorn also has offered Mays two-way star Meyer Nolan. "We're very excited," said Kindle's father, Lewis Kindle Sr. "We'll see if any other offers come in, but we're very pleased with Alcorn State."
Westlake offensive tackle Chance Warmack says he is sticking by his verbal commitment to Alabama, made several weeks ago. But that hasn't stopped the recruiting calls, and Warmack, an AJC Georgia 150 selectee, is listening. "For the most part, it's still all about Alabama for me, but I'm keeping my options open, " said Warmack (6-foot-4, 320 pounds). "[Schools] are still calling, except for Auburn. They're pretty mad at me." Warmack said he will take three official visits at some point, although he won't say where those visits will be. He said his focus is on adapting to the school's new coaching staff. "I really like my coaches, " Warmack said. "They are really staying on me, trying to make me better."