Focus 2012: Taubler Likes Cal

Fresno (Calif.) Bullard defensive end Ian Taubler is one of the elite 2012 prospects in the Golden State. This spring, he's taken two trips to the Bay Area. Last weekend, he competed in the Stanford NFTC. In April, he was in Berkeley for Tom Lemming's photo shoot. While there, he watched one of his early favorites participate in spring practice and visited with the Cal coaches…

Ian Taubler (6-4, 220) is an amazing athlete on the gridiron. He has the arm to play quarterback, the hands to play tight end, and the size and strength to play defensive line.

At last weekends Stanford NFTC, he competed at tight end. "I didn't want to go as a d-end because I played that all last year," said Taubler.

He had a solid day in 1on1s and competing in individual drills.

His brother Kerr, who's headed to Yale, played quarterback for Fresno (Calif.) Bullard last season. Despite playing quarterback earlier in his high school career, the younger Taubler is not going to assume his brother's role.

Taubler played varsity as a freshman in 2008 but developed into one of the state's premier defensive ends last season earning all-state honors. And the recruiting attention is starting to heat up. With the spring evaluation in full swing, quite a few coaches have spoken to Bullard head coach Don Arax about Taubler, including California.

"Cal, one of my favorites, has come by," said Taubler. "Stanford, Florida, Washington, Fresno State, and Oregon State have too."

In early April, Taubler was one of about 18 players at national recruiting analyst Tom Lemming's photo shoot in Berkeley. The shoot coincided with an early morning Cal spring football practice, where Taubler was able to watch and meet the Golden Bears coaches.

"It was great, one of their coaches felt like he knew pretty well, he came up and gave me a big hug, – their defensive line coach [Tosh Lupoi]," said Taubler.

"He's a pretty good guy," he added about Lupoi. "I've seen him once before and he saw a lot of film on me so he knew who I was."

The Bears are recruiting him as a weakside defensive end. But he doesn't care what position he plays in college. "I'm keeping my mind open," added Taubler.

He reports a 3.8 core GPA, and he has not taken the SAT.

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