April 18, 2011

Taylor enjoys Penn State visit

Land O'Lakes (Fla.) tight end Kent Taylor may have grew up down south, but that doesn't mean he'll stay there when he leaves for college in 14 months.

Granted, there is a lot of time between now and national signing day, but Taylor admits, the Nittany Lions will be in this race until the very end.

"Absolutely," said Taylor, when asked if Penn State will be a team that he considers come decision time. "My experience going into it, I really didn't know how they use their tight ends. I know that Andrew Quarless caught a lot of their balls, but they said I'm going to be more like a Brett Brackett and Andrew Quarless combined type of player. So that really made a big impact on me, Penn State is definitely ranked right up there, plus I've been a big fan my whole life, so I'm definitely going to take one of my official visits there."

The 6-foot-5, 220 pound tight end was on the sidelines for the Blue-White Game Saturday afternoon. Despite the poor weather, Taylor enjoyed Beaver Stadium and the day's surrounding activities.

"The stadium was pretty awesome, it was really big," Taylor said. "Obviously there wasn't that many people at the spring game because of the weather, but it was really good. I got to meet coach Paterno, which was probably the highlight. Just watching film of Andrew Quarless and other tight ends that was a highlight as well. There were a lot of highlights during the trip, I had good time, that's just some of them."

Taylor made the trip north with family members Friday. His brother already lives in the Central Pennsylvania area and Taylor stayed with him Saturday night.

"I just went back to Bloomsburg with my brother and his wife after the game," said Taylor. "We just hung out there, went to Sheetz. Sheetz is great, we went there late at night, it was good."

On Sunday, Taylor came back to Penn State, where he took a full tour of Penn State's weight room, meeting rooms, indoor practice facilities and much more.

"Yeah that's pretty much all I did, I got to see all the facilities, meet all the academic people. All I pretty much did on Saturday was watch the game and then leave."

Taylor plans on returning to Penn State on September 10 when the Nittany Lions take on Alabama, which has been officially declared a "whiteout". He plans on taking it easy the next few weeks, finishing out his baseball season before spring football starts May 2.

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