BYU Eyeing Local QB Prospect

There could be a sleeper QB living along the Wasatch Front just waiting to break out in 2015. After suffering a season-ending leg injury in only the third game of the 2014 season, this quarterback is ready to prove he’s among the top quarterbacks in the state of Utah in the 2017 recruiting class.

Coming in at 6’3”, 197-pounds, Caleb Taylor of Fremont High School (Plain City, UT) is on BYU’s radar. Recently, he drove down to Provo to take a tour of the campus, which he enjoyed a lot.

“I loved it and it was great to be able to go down there and talk to some of the coaches and players,” said Taylor. “It’s a great environment and I like the tradition there. When I was there I ran into Coach (Jason) Beck and Coach (Nick) Howell. I really loved it and I loved the environment. In the locker room some of the players were doing homework, and studying, and helping each other out. I really respected that and I respect the honor code. I feel like if I go there it will help push me towards my goals to be a better person.”

In talking with BYU quarterbacks coach Jason Beck while on campus, Taylor plans on heading back down to Provo to prove that he’s a capable gunslinger. He plans on attending BYU’s summer camp and junior day.

“Coach Beck told me they’ve done some research on me and that it’s good to put a face to the name,” said Taylor. “This spring they should be sending Coach Howell down to watch me this spring and summer camp. Then I’ll be heading down to BYU for their high school camp and junior day too.”

When he steps onto the field at BYU, Taylor expects to show the coaches a wide range of abilities he feels will suit BYU’s offense.

“I play quarterback and I’m more of a pocket passing quarterback, but I’m not just a pocket passing quarterback. I can run the ball if I need to,” Taylor said. “I feel like I can be a great asset to BYU. I can see myself playing there. I can move well and can extend plays with my legs if I need to. On top of that I feel I have a really good arm and can throw the ball on time and on target.”

Last season, Taylor suffered a bit of a setback suffering a broken leg during the third game of the season, which, given the fact that he’s blipped on BYU’s radar, is a testament to the staff’s recruiting and scouting efforts.

“They’re showing interest in my right now, but last year I only played three games- I fractured my fibula last year- and they haven’t really determined much based on my film,” said Taylor. “This season I’m crossing my fingers for an offer and that’s the goal. It seems like it might be pretty close but I’m just waiting.”

Taylor went 44/83 for a total of 636 passing yards in his injury-shortened 2014 season. He averaged 14.45 yards per completion with an average of 181.7 passing yards per game. In three games he threw for six touchdowns, while rushing 16 times for 97 yards while scoring one rushing touchdown.

Despite missing most of the season last year, Taylor would be honored to receive a BYU scholarship from Bronco Mendenhall and BYU. If that opportunity doesn’t come through camps or junior days he’ll simply keep on plugging along with the hope that it will eventually happen.

“It would mean the world, it really would,” said Taylor. “I’ve grown up watching BYU and I’ve had family play for BYU. I’ve heard them tell stories about their days of playing at BYU, so if I was offered I would just be really excited. I really would. I feel like it would open some flood gates to let everyone know that Utah is the home of the sleeper scouts.”

Taylor will graduate from Fremont High School early and hopes to enroll at a FBS college early in anticipation of playing in spring camp. He’ll then leave after spring camp to serve an LDS mission.

“Yeah, I’m LDS and I want to serve a mission,” said Taylor. “I’m actually looking forward to it. My plan right now is to graduate early in my senior season, so whatever college I plan on I would attend spring camp first. Then I would go and serve a mission afterward when I got my call.”

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