Jordan receiver gaining interest

BYU coaches are hard on the recruiting trail and have been out in full force both in and out of the state. One in-state school that was recently visited by both Coach Doman and Coach DuPaix is Jordan High School. Both Cougar coaches were checking on one of Utah's top receivers as the evaluation process for the 2012 class continues.

Jordan High School wide receiver Taylor Loomis is one of the best in-state receivers you've never heard of, but BYU is on top of things as they scour the West for potential pass-catchers.

"I had surgery about seven weeks ago, so before my surgery my max bench was 270," Loomis said. "My squat was 330 and my clean was about 255. I come in around 6'0", 185 [pounds] and I'm pretty quick. My forty, unofficially, was a 4.5, and that was timed at the Utah State camp."

There are five Division I schools currently interested in Loomis' services, as well as some Ivy League and smaller Division II schools.

"The schools that are most interested at this point are BYU, Utah and Washington State," Loomis said. "I've also been contacted by Oregon, Stanford and Ivy League schools like Princeton, Harvard and a bunch of D-2 schools. The main schools are BYU, Utah and Washington State. Utah and BYU have both talked to my coach, Coach Kjar. I went up to Utah's Red and White Game about two weeks ago and watched them play from the sidelines.

"I've been talking to Washington State quite a bit and I got a lot of letters from them," Loomis said. "They're the school, other than BYU, that I probably have the best chance of being offered by."

Having grown up close to BYU, Loomis is very interested in the Cougar football program.

"I've always been a BYU fan since I was little. I've always been a Cougar and hope they pull the trigger and offer me."

Coach Doman first visited Jordan High School about two weeks ago, and then Coach DuPaix stopped by on Thursday.

"Coach Kjar had me and Blake Miller, another wide receiver, sit down [with DuPaix] and talk about school and our season this past year. After we left, he and Coach Kjar talked a little more.

"Coach Doman is a great guy and he is our primary guy that I've talked to. He's a great guy and our primary recruiter. I'm hoping BYU offers me and I hope that other colleges do as well."

A slot receiver, Loomis put up some of the best numbers among the wide receivers in the state of Utah last season as a junior.

"That was actually my first year playing receiver," he said. "Coach Kjar put me at receiver for the first time and it worked out really well for me. I had around 80 receptions last year and I think I actually led the state this past year. I had around 1,250 receiving yards reception and 10 catching touchdowns and one rushing for a total of 11. I was named First-Team All-Region, First-Team 5A consensus All-State wide receiver."

Last year, Loomis was the favorite target of outstanding 2011 BYU walk-on quarterback McCoy Hill.

"Yeah, if we had one more year with McCoy we would, without a doubt, have a dominant team this year," said Loomis. "We have three of our four receivers coming back this year, and if he were coming back, I don't think anyone would be able to stop us.

"I think BYU is the perfect fit for McCoy," Loomis continued. "I a lot of the time compare him to Alex [Hart], who led the nation is passing yards his senior year. I personally think McCoy will be a better D-I quarterback than Alex, who got the starting job up at Utah State after that spring performance. He ripped it up at Utah State. McCoy comes in at around 6'5", 230 [pounds].

"He's got a cannon for an arm and is the ace pitcher on our baseball team. I think he's throwing in the upper 80 miles-per-hour-range. He was also one of the top two or three strongest kids on our team, including among the linemen. He runs [in the] 4.6 forty area and has a 3.94 GPA, so he's really smart and he's a great leader. I think he'll be a very good one up at BYU if he has the opportunity."

Meanwhile, Loomis' fellow Jordan receiver Blake Miller is actually a two-way athlete. Like Loomis, Miller is a 2012 prospect, and in addition to outside receiver, he also plays cornerback. Loomis is also a two-way athlete and started playing safety as a sophomore for the Beetdiggers.

"I started since my sophomore year and I had eight interceptions last year and led our team in tackles," Loomis said. "I led our team in tackles and was third in state in tackles [72] from the free safety position."

Although still recuperating from shoulder surgery, Loomis plans on visiting various camps this summer.

"Yeah, I'm going to head down to BYU's Junior Day for sure, and me and my dad were talking about going to camps too," said Loomis. "I'll probably head up to Washington State and I'll probably head down to BYU's. The only problem is I had shoulder surgery seven weeks ago, so I don't know how much contact I'll be able to do.

"Our family is actually really good friends with the Whittingham family, and I've known Kyle forever. My older brother is good friends with his son Alex, so I might head up there for a little bit and hit their camp for a few days too."

Total Blue Sports will keep an eye on Taylor Loomis and report on any developments with the standout Jordan High School receiver.


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