High on K-State

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Richard Stover talked with the athlete from Tulsa who discussed trip to Manhattan, recruiting and his thoughts on K-State.

Stanvon Taylor made the trip to Manhattan, Kansas for the 2012 edition of the Purple/White Spring Game. Taylor, a 5-foot-11, 175-pound athlete from Tulsa, Okla., has some friends he grew up playing against who are now Wildcats he wanted to see play.

"Tyler Lockett and Dante Barnett played at our rival school, so we're real close," said Stanvon Taylor. "I talked to Dante before the game. After the game I got with Tyler and hung out with him for awhile on Saturday.

"It was a good game. Tyler didn't get to play because he was injured. I liked that there are a lot of seniors at my position who will be gone by the time I get there. I saw a lot of possibility."

Both Lockett and Barnett attended Booker T. Washinton in Tulsa while Taylor goes to East Central. Taylor made the trip with his high school position coach, Joe Brown, and teammate, Devonte Johnson, in what was his first-ever visit to the Kansas State campus.

"We drove all the way from Tulsa," Taylor said. "My coach went to Kansas State his first two years of college, so he drove us around campus. It's a nice setting with a great football program.

"I had a chance to talk to Coach Gordon and Coach Hayes, the defensive coordinator who is also my recruiter. Coach Hayes said he thinks I have a great feel for the game. They like the way I play and see me at either side of the ball, cornerback or wide receiver."

Taylor, despite missing all but one quarter of his junior season due to an injury to his fibula, has been offered by more than a dozen Division 1 programs. He isn't ready to declare favorites, but a couple of teams have jumped out as early frontrunners.

"I really like Kansas State and Oklahoma," said Taylor. "There are still campuses I want to visit and some other schools, like Texas Tech and Houston, are showing me a lot of interest. I'm hoping to announce by the beginning of football season. I'm up to 15 offers. Schools showing a heavy interest that haven't offered yet are Alabama, Oregon, Memphis, Oklahoma State, and FSU."

Prior to his Kansas State visit, Taylor has been on campus visits to Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Tulsa. He's come back well from his injury. In the winter he made the All-Tournament team from the East Central Cardinals basketball team.

Taylor is currently running track. His best event is the long jump where he has a personal best of 23 feet, seven inches. Last year he won state in the event. He also runs the 4X1, 4X4, and the 100 meter dash.

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