May 18, 2010

Macomb Dakota OL/DT talks about offers and camp plans

Macomb Dakota offensive lineman/defensive tackle Bernard Taylor recently saw his recruitment blow up after an impressive performance at the MichiganPreps Combine where the 6-foot-2 and 284 pound Taylor posted a 4.94 forty yard dash, a 33.5 inch vertical jump, and put up 12 reps of 225 pounds.

Shortly after that performance, Taylor received his first offer from Indiana. Then schools such as Ball State, Illinois State, and most recently, Central Michigan, all jumped on board with offers of their own.

"My thoughts on the offers I have at this moment are neutral," said Taylor. "I mean I'm excited about them all but in the end I can only go to one school."

"The thing that I like most about those schools is that they are close to home. The reason this is such a big deal with me, is that on the holidays, I need some of mama's cooking. You can't get that on campus, at least not how she makes it."

Even though Central Michigan just offered Taylor, he maintains they are in good shape for him. That said, the current CMU roster is home to a shadow Taylor was forced to follow since he put on the Macomb Dakota jersey.

"Right now CMU is in a great position on my board, just because of their hospitality, but because of the fact that Jeff Fantuzzi goes there worries me," added Taylor. "I mean after all I'm not trying to join the 'Tuzzi Fan Club'. He's a great guy and all I'm sure, but I don't know if two Dakota players playing there would suit me."

Fantuzzi was an offensive tackle at Macomb Dakota and came to CMU two years ago as a three star prospect. While he has yet to crack the starting lineup at Central Michigan, it's clear he left some major expectations for Taylor at Dakota and he didn't exactly appreciate them.

"The relationship I have with Jeff is none at all, he played for Dakota, like I now play FOR Dakota. He played right tackle, I played the position a little better. There is no comparison! The most we do have in common is the number 74 and that's where the story ends. When I first got to Dakota the media kept saying I had big shoes to fill playing HIS position. I say I filled those shoes and went to the store and bought a new pair. That's just the type of level I play on, straight hard nose smack mouth football."

Taylor plans on attending camps at Ball State, Indiana and Central Michigan as of now, and each time he visits a school's campus he will have the opportunity to learn more about their program and weigh his options.

"As far as what I'm looking for in a school: I'm looking for a great learning environment, a family oriented team, a good student graduation rate, and a place where I'm comfortable."

Both Indiana and Central Michigan are recruiting Taylor as a defensive tackle while Ball State is recruiting him as a guard.

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