Hamilton Duo Takes in ASU's Junior Day

They are two of the best recruits the state of Arizona has to offer. On Saturday, Kerry Taylor and Colin Parker, already with ASU offers in hand, visited Tempe to take part in the Sun Devils' junior day. Devils Digest talked to the two about their experience that day.

In his junior year, wide receiver Kerry Taylor collected 40 catches for 760 yards and 11 TDs for the 5A1 state runners up Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.). The 6-1 180 Taylor also averaged 14.3 per yards per punt return. Aside from Arizona State, the Devils' conference foe Oregon State has also extended an offer. The wide receiver has some impressive NFL lineage with father Keith Taylor who played safety for several teams such as the Saints and Redskins, and uncle John Taylor the former great wide receiver for the 49ers.

"I liked it a lot," he said of ASU's Junior Day. "I talked to all the coaches, got to see the locker rooms, weight rooms and all the other facilities. I also got to sit on the wide receiver meetings, watched the scrimmage and eat dinner with the players after the scrimmage."

Two aspects in particular, both off the field, did leave a strong impression on Taylor. "I saw the dorms and where the players stay, and I really liked what I saw," he commented. "It definitely helps feel comfortable seeing all that…the wide receiver meeting really impressed me, with how quick they go and how much information they cover."

Aside from the natural familiarity of the hometown university, Taylor saw a familiar face on ASU's coaching staff, in former Hamilton skipper John Wrenn. Taylor stated that Wrenn hasn't put on any pressure joining the maroon and gold, but he will definitely be a significant part of the recruiting process. "He was hands off but he definitely let me know that he wanted me to go there," claimed Taylor. "Him being there is definitely something I will look at. I've known him for so long and I know he's a great guy and wants what's best for me. He'll be a big part of my decision."

Overall, Taylor would like to explore more options, but that's not to say that the Sun Devils aren't one of the schools strongly leading for his services. "It's still early and they're other schools that I didn't see yet," he explained. "But this trip definitely helps to put them at the top and be one of my favorites."

As far as his summer plans, Taylor indicated that he intends on attending USC's team camp and various passing leagues with his Hamilton squad. He's still undecided about whether he will attend ASU's camp or not.

Hamilton teammate Colin Parker (pictured) was offered a scholarship at the same Taylor was. Much like his fellow Husky, the Tempe campus was very familiar to him, but he still managed to see some things for the very first time. "I liked Junior Day," said Parker. "I never saw the players lounge before and it was real nice." The 6-2 210 linebacker/defensive back played in ten games last season before tearing his ACL. During that time he had 60 tackles, two sacks and two fumble recoveries. He stated that he has no preference of position, and was following both defensive groups on Saturday. "At the scrimmage I watched both the linebackers and safeties," he commented. "It seems like ASU wants me at safety and that's cool."

His recovery won't allow him to practice for a couple more months, and Parker seems to appreciate that cautious approach. "My doctor will probably clear me on my next appointment on June 22nd," he explained. "He's more of a conservative doctor, and he said that I have to wait 6-8 months before I can practice again. I'm ahead of schedule, but I still have to wait. I'll be ready for pre-season practice which starts the end of July."

In terms of skills, Parker noted that his injury hasn't fully allowed him to improve on the attributes he needs to focus on. "I do need to work on my speed," he admitted. "I was planning to work a lot on that during the summer, but now that I'm hurt I don't know how much I'll get to do. I always had good feet and football smarts. I've been around the game my whole life, and I enjoyed studying it all those years."

Not only does Parker have NFL bloodlines like Taylor, but father Anthony Parker played for the maroon and gold prior to his pro career. Thus far, the former Sun Devil hasn't been trying to stir his son towards his old stomping grounds. "My father wants what's best for me," said Parker. "He's isn't pushing ASU on me at all. If he thinks it's the best option for me, he'll let me know." ASU has been the only school to date to offer Parker.

While Parker doesn't declare ASU as his likely destination, he does know that his acclimation, if it should occur, with the Sun Devils stands to be a successful one. "It (Junior Day) really did give me a different view point on it," he explained. "I do have a lot more understanding of how the defense is now and I think I'll be a good fit there. I've seen pretty much everything else about the school, but knowing that about the defense helps a lot."

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