May 19, 2009

Stanford now on Taylor's radar

Atlanta (GA) Westlake High School linbebacer Michael Taylor is rated as a three-star player according to Rivals. But one look at his offer list and you begin to realize the talented player may be deserving of more stars.

The 6-foot-1, 205-pounder has been collecting offers at a steep rate, in February the talented junior reported no offers but he has exploded onto the scene since that time. Through the spring recruiting period Taylor claims a total of 15 offers, including nearly every SEC school.

And just as Taylor has burst on the recruiting scene, Taylor now has Stanford on his radar thanks to two connections.

"I was born and raised in San Diego, moved to Atlanta in my 8th grade year," Taylor said. "My dad's side of the family is still in California. I am going to visit Stanford next week when I am out there. It would be cool to go back home to play ball."

There is another pull (or push) for Taylor that has him looking at the Cardinal.

"A good buddy of mine, Tai-ler Jones, recently committed out there, and he says that is the place to go and I need to check it out," Taylor said. "Ever since then I have looked into them, and I have liked what I heard from them and I have liked what I have seen.

"Stanford will give me the best academically, I will be set for life with a Stanford degree."

A few other things also stand out for Taylor when he thinks of Stanford.

"A chance to go back to the west coast and play Pac-10 football," Taylor said. "A chance at a $250,000 scholarship. That's a quarter of a million dollars, that is a lot of money. They have a great head coach in Jim Harbaugh."

Taylor says the distance will not be a problem for him should he choose Stanford, but there is one person whose mind he will have to put at ease.

"Distance will not be a problem for me, I have been moving my whole life," Taylor explained. "But I will need to be somewhere that my mom is comfortable with so she is not worried about me."

Being recruited by Willie Taggart, Taylor wants a school where he will feel at home.

"I want a place that has a family feel, somewhere I feel at home, where I fit in with everyone else," Taylor said. "Depth Charts will not be a big factor. But you can't make plays on the bench. I feel I am the best player and I am not cocky, just confident."

With offers still coming in the linebacker is not in a rush to commit and and not yet cut his list down to favorites. "I am not rushing, this is a big decision. The biggest one of my life."

Taylor, who collected 160 tackles with 25 for loss, and six sacks along with forcing eight fumbles during his junior season admitted Jones and he had discussed playng at the same school. Taylor and Jones became friend while playing on the same team in a 7-on-7 tournament in Florida.

We will stay on top of Taylor's recruitment.

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