Three-star recruit Reese Taylor from Indianapolis Ben Davis H.S. recently picked up an offer from the Indiana football program. The 5-foot-10, 175-pound athlete spoke to Peegs.com after two making trips down to Bloomington in the last week for unofficial visits at IU.
Taylor was on campus last Thursday and again this past Sunday. He said that he really enjoys spending time with everyone at Indiana.
“It was a great experience,” he said about his visits to IU. “They are like a family there and I like it. I got to check out the campus and I liked that too.”
The talented prospect has been communicating the most with Indiana secondary coaches Noah Joseph and Brandon Shelby. He said that both have made a big impression on him.
“They are really nice coaches,” he said about Coach Joseph and Coach Shelby. “They are laidback and they’re cool. I look at them as more than just coaches because they are better people than they are coaches. I see how they are with me and how much energy they have. They don’t just talk football with me because they like to talk about other things than just football.”
Taylor plays quarterback at Ben Davis but the Indiana staff likes him more on the defensive side of the ball at cornerback, which is the position he hopes to play in college.
“They are recruiting me for DB or slot (receiver), but it will probably be DB,” he said. “I prefer to play DB because I’ve always liked defense, but if I don’t play DB then I will go to slot receiver. But I really want to play DB. Coach Shelby said that after the upcoming season they will lose one of their starting corners (in Rashard Fant) and he thinks I could come in and play right away. He told me that he is looking for playmakers and he thinks I could be that for them.”
As he goes through the recruiting process, Taylor said it will be important to him to find a school where the players have a very tight bond.
“I am looking for a brotherhood where it seems like I am at home and I fit in perfectly,” he said. “I don’t want to go to a school where it is just a bunch of individuals. I want a place where everyone is focused on the team. Academics will also be important for me. I will probably major in business.”
If the Indianapolis native were to choose the Hoosiers he would see a familiar face in the locker room in former Ben Davis standout and 2017 IU signee LeShaun Minor.
“He has talked to me about Indiana and how things are there,” Taylor said about Minor. “It helps having him there because he can tell me how everything is going up there and what to expect if I decide to play for them.”
Taylor currently has offers from Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota, Purdue, Cincinnati, Ball State and Toledo. He said the Hoosiers have made a good early impression on him.
“I think IU is a great place to go to and has a great campus,” he said. “I think Coach (Tom) Allen is a great coach. He knows what he is doing and he knows the game of football well. Indiana is very strong with me.”