Prolific Prep Star To Visit Tigers And Vols

This outstanding player from Louisiana says that he may make a decision following a visit to Auburn for the Georgia game in two weeks.

Lafayette, La.–-One of the top all-around athletes in the South is scheduled to take official visits to Tennessee and Auburn in the next two weekends before making his decision in the following weeks. He's also looking at Florida and South Carolina, but Lucas Taylor says that two schools are in the lead at the moment.

"It's Auburn and Tennessee," Taylor tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. "I have offers from Auburn, Tennessee and South Carolina at the moment. I'm visiting Tennessee this weekend and then Auburn for the Georgia game (Nov. 13). I'll make my decision after my visit to Auburn. I'm just looking to see if they have nice people there (Tennessee and Auburn) and if I fit in with the environment and the people there."

Expected to play wide receiver in college, Taylor says that he likes Auburn because of the new style of offense under coordinator Al Borges and the relationship he has with the coaching staff.

"I like Coach (Greg) Knox," Taylor says. "I love the fact that they're having a good season. They have a good team and they're playing well. With so many older receivers I think I could come in and play earlier."

The 6–0, 180-pounder, who says his best 40-yard dash time is a 4.42, Taylor is one of the top players in Louisiana this season as a quarterback and return man for his team. Despite teams focusing much of their attention on him he has rushed for just over 1,300 yards and 13 touchdowns while also throwing for 550 yards and five more scores. Throw in a 98-yard punt return for a touchdown and you have a very dangerous offensive player, one that colleges from all over are taking a look at as a potential collegiate standout.

Taylor has shown the ability to make things happen with the ball in his hands while running a very multiple offense in high school. There is no better example of his talents than a game in mid-October when he rushed for a state record 539 yards and six touchdowns on 35 carries in a 53-42 loss. The performance ranks as the eighth-best single game performance in U.S. history for a high school player and Taylor says he felt every bit of those yards the next day.

"I just kind of felt it that night," Taylor says. "After the game I was real tired and sore though. Everything hurt. I just went out that night to make some big plays and try to help my team win."

A three-year starter at quarterback, Taylor played wide receiver as a freshman for Carencro, but moved under center and the rest is impressive history. As a junior he had 1,624 yards rushing and added 1,520 yards passing. He totaled 29 touchdowns for the season.

Taylor also is a standout in both basketball and track and field for Carencro. He is the starting shooting guard for the team and participates in the 4x100 meter relay, the long jump and the triple jump in track. His best jumps are 46 feet in the triple jump and just over 21 feet for the long jump.


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