“I have actually never been to one,” Taylor said of the weekend. “I have just heard that a lot of the top prospects in the nation come to Auburn for the Big Cat. That’s all I know right now.
“It means a lot to me that a team needs me that much,” he added of the love he gets from Auburn.
In addition to his athleticism and physical skills, Taylor has something else that has teams flocking to check out the Thunderbirds during spring practice and wanting to see more of No. 1 on the field. That is his knowledge of the game, something he’s developed while being not only a coach on the field, but also a coach on the sidelines.
Calling defensive signals in many of the junior high games last year, Taylor is a smart player and that allows him to stay sharp during the week leading up to his games. It’s not something new for him however as he has been interested in the finer points of the game since he first suited up in pads.
“That’s always been my thing,” Taylor said. “That’s what I’m really the best at, that part of the game. I like studying the defense and I usually know what the offense is going to run before they run it.”
Just wrapping up the spring and seeing his stock rise heading into the 2015 season, Taylor said for him the biggest difference in his game comes because of the work he did in the weight room since last year. Now checking in at 191 pounds, he said it has changed one part of his game for the better.
“I think I improved my striking ability the most” Taylor said. “I was already physical, but since I gained those 20 pounds I’m hitting way harder.”
Now up to 12 offers, Taylor has added several new schools to his list in the last few weeks including Ole Miss, North Carolina, Memphis and Troy. Still in the process of narrowing down his list, the talented safety said he’ll likely trim things down at the end of the summer and possibly make his decision before his senior year.