Clean Slates

Jamar Taylor now favors Colorado State and Washington State solidly over Idaho, Penn State and Vanderbilt. The Nittany Lions and Commodores have not yet offered. "Penn State and Vanderbilt both just started recruiting me," Taylor said. "They asked for some tape and my coach and I are sending that this week. I'd love to fit in a visit to either one of them if I can..."

Jamar Taylor, the 5-foot-11, 185-pound three-star cornerback from Helix High School in La Mesa, Calif., finished his senior season with 55 tackles, four interceptions and one fumble caused for a 10-1-1 team.

"I like to bump and run and I'm not scared of tackling," Taylor said. "I have no fear and love going up against the best receivers. That's how I improve my game.

"I want to keep working on it all," he said. "Unless you're retired and in the Hall of Fame, there's still work to do."

He benches 285 pounds and has a 36-inch vertical jump.

Taylor, ranked as the No. 76 cornerback in the county by Scout.com, says he now favors Colorado State and Washington State solidly over Idaho, Penn State and Vanderbilt. The Nittany Lions and Commodores have not offered yet while BYU, UTEP and New Mexico have.

"Penn State and Vanderbilt both just started recruiting me," he said. "They asked for some tape and my coach and I are sending that this week. I'd love to fit in a visit to either one of them if I can."

Taylor visited Colorado State on Jan. 18. "It was cool," he said. "The coaches are really serious about turning the program around and they have NFL experience, so I think they'll do it. I also like how it's a college town and it's all about football there."

He plans to visit Washington State on Jan. 26. "I think I'd be able to go in and get some early playing time there," he said. "I like the new coaches and it's gonna be a clean slate there, so it's a good opportunity."

Taylor took an official visit to Boise State on Dec. 15, but the Broncos have already filled their spots and are no longer recruiting him.

As a youngster Taylor always watched Miami. "I liked them because they won and they always sent guys to the NFL."

Taylor plans to make his announcement on signing day. "I'd like to play early and find a school with a nice depth chart that I can fit into."

He reports a 3.6 core GPA and a 1130 SAT (three-part).


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