December 12, 2008

Taylor enjoys snow, people of Colorado

Should Miami safety Terrance Taylor eventually commit to play football for the Colorado State Rams, it may be said that it was truly a team effort that brought Taylor to Fort Collins. After deciding a commitment to Rutgers wasn't for him, Miami (Fla.) School safety Terrance Taylor was in Fort Collins last week on an official visit.

After talking to Taylor this week, it is obvious he enjoyed his trip to Fort Collins and the Rams have themselves to blame.

"The coaches and players showed me a good time," Taylor said. "Not one time did I feel uncomfortable all weekend. The best part to me was the team - they made me feel at home. If I feel like I am around good people, that is important. The people were the best thing to me - the coaches, the people outside football."

Taylor talked about the respect the football players had for the coaching staff as well as the respect the football team garnered on campus. He saw a CSU practice as well as snow, something a little less familiar in Florida.

"The snow was good," Taylor laughed. "It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be. It was cold, but it wasn't so cold I couldn't play through it. I kind of liked it."

The 6-foot, 173-pound safety with a 4.5 time in the 40-yard dash had 83 tackles and three interceptions for Archbishop Carroll High School this fall. Taylor has scholarship offers from Colorado, Florida International, Central Florida, South Florida, Florida Atlantic, West Virginia, Rutgers, Pitt and Penn State. Taylor had originally committed to Rutgers, but has withdrawn that commitment. Colorado State, Central Florida and Florida International seem to have made the cut to be the favorites to sign Taylor. All three will have Taylor in for visits.

"Right now I have FIU and UCF left to go. I am going to the campus to see if I feel comfortable and if everything works out and go from there," Taylor said. "Right now, it is Colorado State, Florida International and Central Florida."

Taylor was hosted on his trip to fellow-Floridian Gerard (Momo) Thomas, Marquis Law and Ricky Brewer. The Sunshine State safety said it has been good to know that that if he did commit to Colorado State he wouldn't be the only one from Florida.

Taylor's trip to Fort Collins wasn't the only contact Colorado State has had with Taylor. Colorado State sent two assistant coaches to see Taylor and his family in Miami.

"They (CSU assistant coaches) came down Tuesday and had an in-home visit to talk to my mom," Taylor said. "They showed their interest and they let me know that after I went up there to see them and they came down to see me. That let me know they are interested in me and I am too."

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