THE WEEKLYS ON TAYLOR: "Leah is a very fast outfielder who has shown the ability to hit the ball extremely hard. She will play in the outfield, pinch-hit and see time in the designated player spot. She is a very smart player who maximizes her talents."
HIGH SCHOOL: Another native West Tennessean on this year's Lady Vol softball roster, Taylor ventures to Rocky Top from Haywood High School in Brownsville, Tenn....She was a four-time selection to the All-District 14 AA Softball Team (2006-09) as well as a three-time choice to the All-District 14 AA All-Tournament squad (2007-09)...Helped guide Haywood H.S. to the 2006 Tennessee state softball playoffs...Taylor also finished first in the District 14 AA Golf Tournament during her sophomore year and twice competed on the links at the state tournament...She played ASA 16-U softball for Fury Fastpitch, alongside a number of her current Tennessee teammates, helping the squad win ASA Southern Nationals in Altamonte Springs, Fla., in 2008 and make its first-ever appearance at 18-U Gold nationals in 2009 in Oklahoma City, Okla....Another strong student in this year's Lady Vol freshman class, Taylor was her school's valedictorian, the Beta Club President, a member of Who's Who at Haywood H.S., the recipient of a U.S. Army Reserve National Scholar Athlete Award and was on the Academic Decathlon team...She also participated with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, the French Club, the Biology Club, Youth Leadership and was on the Junior InSouth Bank Board...Taylor was selected as Miss Haywood High School, was chosen as a Tennessee Girls' State representative and served as the junior and senior class vice president.
PERSONAL: Enrolled in the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences at UT...Narrowed her final college choices down to Middle Tennessee, Tennessee Tech and Chattanooga before deciding to become a Lady Vol...Lists hitting a home run as a freshman in her first game at the state tournament as her biggest thrill to date in the sport of softball...Cites current Indianapolis Colts and former Vol quarterback Peyton Manning as her biggest sports influence because of his outstanding character and achievement...Taylor's grandfather Bill Taylor played football for General Robert Neyland at UT, and her father is an alum of the University of Tennessee...Has two brothers, Eliott Hazlerig, 32, and Will Taylor, 16...Leah Elizabeth Taylor was born March 12, 1991, in Jackson, Tenn....Her parents are Barrow and Julie Taylor.