AState Fans Impress Taylor

When Trooper Taylor made his first trip to Jonesboro nearly two weeks ago after agreeing to become part of Blake Anderson's coaching staff at Arkansas State, he arrived in town around midnight following the seven-hour drive from his home in Auburn, Alabama.

As he drove into the city limits and saw the Parker Road Wal-Mart, he decided to duck inside for what he thought would be a quick shopping trip to grab a few needed supplies for his first night's stay.

"Forty-five minutes later I finally got back to my car," he laughed today on AstAteNation Radio. "It was from taking pictures with people inside the Wal-Mart, with people that I didn't even know knew who I was...but it was like paparazzi!"

Such has been the welcome for the man that many consider to be the most impressive hire by Anderson.

The former Auburn assistant head coach during their national title run with Cam Newton and company will coach cornerbacks at A-State, and that group will include his son Blaise, a heralded 3-star recruit.

His father confirmed that Blaise Taylor was in class at ASU as he spoke on ASN Radio this afternoon. "He's in class today, so we're legal. He is signed, sealed and delivered!"

But Dad said the choice was his son's alone. "I let him make his own choice. I want you guys to know that I did not force that on him, because I wanted him to be happy."

Taylor, who has been recognized as one of the top recruiters in the nation, compliment Blake Anderson for the manner in which he recruited his son.

Taylor's relationship with Anderson goes back more than 25 years to when they were incoming freshmen together at Baylor University.

"This is a friendship that started 26 years ago," Taylor said, before poking a little fun at his new boss as well. "I want you guys to know that he still has the same wallet he had when he was in college! I'm embarrassed every time he pulls it out...it's plastic, and if he laid on a hot dashboard it would melt!"

Taylor said he likes Jonesboro so far and complimented the community's support for the Red Wolves, likening it to "Friday Night Lights on steroids." He hopes to have his wife and daughter in town shortly after the Feb. 5 national signing day.


Randy Myers is the co-host of AstAteNation Radio. The program airs Monday-Friday from 11-1 on The Ticket 970am/95.3fm and on the web at 953theticket.com.