Taylor takes in unofficial visit

Time will tell if Kendyl Taylor will follow big brother Kerry and don the maroon and gold. The Sun Devils on their end have been heavily pursuing the Chandler Hamilton standout as the wide receiver and a few of his Huskies' teammates unofficially visited Tempe Wednesday afternoon.

"Some of the stuff I saw today was familiar," said the 6-0 175 Kendyl Taylor. "But I haven't been in the bubble (indoor practice facility) before so I checked it out. I never got to tour the campus before so that was another new thing I got to see."

"It was a good visit and I got all my questions answered. It helped me out."

The Huskies' wide receiver is being recruited by Arizona State running backs coach Bryce Erickson and Taylor indicated that he has enjoyed interacting with Erickson through the recruiting process.

"He's a real cool guy," Taylor remarked. "He is real funny but he can also be serious. He does a real good job connecting with the recruits. I got to meet head coach (Dennis) Erickson and all the offensive coaches on the visit."

Following the career of his bigger brother, especially during the 2010 campaign where Kerry Taylor had a career season, this ASU prospect has developed an affinity towards the Sun Devil offense.

"They play a system where they throw the ball a lot and that's obviously good for wide receivers," Taylor said. "They play the spread and fast paced offense like Oregon with the no huddle. That's a pretty awesome offense for a receiver to play in.

"I saw how Kerry played well in this offense last year and that does sit in the back of my mind."

As a junior for the 5A1 state champions Taylor rushed 73 times for 784 yards and 9 rushing TD's, and hauled in 48 receptions for 713 yards and 5 TD's. He even assumed some of the punting duties for Hamilton averaging 38.4 yards per punt on 19 punts.

"I can play both inside and outside wide receiver," Taylor stated. "I run routes very well and I have good speed. That's probably my biggest strength and that is something that Kerry taught me the most. He also told me about releases, moving your arms out of breaks…just a lot of different skills I needed to know so I can play consistent.

"Both my father and uncle (former San Francisco 49ers wide receiver John Taylor) played in the NFL so I have very good knowledge of the game because I have been around football all my life. That really helps push you to a whole different level."

Kerry Taylor, according to his younger brother, hasn't been pushing him to follow in his footsteps and that is something the Hamilton wide receiver appreciates.

"I am a different person that has different likes or interests so what worked for him may not work for me," Taylor explained. "But I also feel that if I went to ASU that things would work out all right for me. He helps out if I have any questions but he knows that it's better for me to have as many options as possible.

"Of course he told me that he wants to be a Sun Devil, but I'm still taking in the whole process and seeing what is out there."

Washington offered Taylor during his junior year and is the only other school aside from ASU to offer the wide receiver. USC and Oregon have been recruiting him fairly heavily in recent weeks and could be offering him once they see him in person.

Taylor plans to attend USC's Junior Day this weekend and ASU's same event next month. The Nike camp (hasn't decided which location) is also on the list of his scheduled events, as well as ASU's summer camp in June.

Taylor does not anticipate making an early decision concerning his choice of college, and said that he will look at several factors before arriving at a resolution.

"The type of offensive scheme is one thing I would for sure look at," Taylor said. "I want to go to a place where I know I can really fit into the offense. Basically just choose the school that feels right and feels like home."


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