Ceylon Taylor Denied Admission

Ceylon Taylor, the highly regarded point guard out Pioneer High School in San Jose, has been denied admission into Cal State Fullerton.

Some recruiting services consider Ceylon Taylor to be the top guard coming out of high school in Northern California.

Cal State Fullerton Athletic Director Brian Quinn could not comment on the situation, citing privacy laws. "That is all confidential because of privacy laws and cannot be discussed," Said Quinn, "Schools should never be discussing grades or personal information about students. It really is against the law."

Well, he's not actually a student, now is he?

Taylor was listed as the number seven point guard on the west coast, according to TheInsiders.com.

Taylor led the Central Coast in points (23.6 ppg), free throws made (160, 80%), was second in assists at 6.1 per game and steals (3 per game), and 15th in rebounds per game.

The Central coast includes the San Francisco, South Bay, Salinas and Monterey regions.

It has been widely publicized that Ceylon Taylor would have to come into Cal State Fullerton as a special admit and, since he did not meet NCAA requirements, he would be a Prop 48 which means he would lose his first year of eligibility. If he graduated in four years, he could regain this lost year.

Former Titans Ike Harmon and Babacar Camara were the last Titans to regain their lost year due to being Prop 48 players. Derrick Andrew was the last Titan recruit who was a Prop 48.

As stated in our interview with Brian Quinn, Cal State Fullerton lacks facilities and budget and being able to recruit Prop 48 players is considered one of the few recruiting tools left for this school. When asked specifically about Prop 48 kids and the advantages this has to offer, Quinn had this to say:

I really don't see that ending and you're right on. As I understand it, the Pac-10 and the WCC can't accept any Prop 48 students. So, some of these kids you look at, all of a sudden you jump right into their ballpark because those conferences can't even take them and those are our competitors. That being the case, that really helps Long Beach State, Northridge and Cal State Fullerton because we can accept Props in our schools. That gives us a little bit of catch-up in terms of recruiting.

In addition, before Bob Burton took the job he made it clear this was a route he was going to take. From our story on May 2nd, 2003:

And if you are going to get high school kids you need to get them signed early or go after the Prop 48 kids. In the long term, [Burton] says, Division I transfers come into play.



TitanCentral.com Spin: This is just another clear indication from the administration that this school is not committed to basketball. Don't give them money, don't have any plans for new, real Division I facilities and lastly, take away all the recruiting advantages a state school such as Cal State Fullerton can offer.

This school loves to tell you they are committed to academics and they do not like the fact that they have to deny qualified students admission. Cry us a river, will you please Dr. Gordon, et al. Gordon and all his cohorts last day here will be the university's best day, both academically and athletically.

Who the heck cares if Ceylon Taylor would nudge out some borderline commuter UC-reject. That student will never show any passion for this school. He's a robot who, at best, just wants a degree and gives doesn't give a whoop about CSF. Ceylon Taylor, on the other hand, is worth the risk. He could actually help this school.

Lastly, and probably most importantly, can someone please explain how a university -- who proclaims to be academics first -- can leave a student-athlete hanging until four days before school starts to make a decision?! Let's not only destroy his hopes to become a Titan but let's be sure he doesn't have any chance to be accepted anywhere else.

Actions speak louder than words.