Taylor at Home

Laron Taylor finally took his official visit to Iowa after verbally committing to the school in August. The Hawkeye coaches talked to him about a chance to play early in his career and the defense he can expect to run at the school.

One of the main factors in Laron Taylor selecting Iowa as his college was a defensive scheme that fit him well. He ran in the same system at Cass Tech in Detroit.

When long-time Hawkeye coordinator Norm Parker retired in December, Taylor wondered if things might change. He was reassured by the Iowa Coaches that they wouldn't be when he officially visited the school this weekend.

"Coach (Kirk) Ferentz, he's been there for like 14 years," the 6-foot, 210-pound Taylor said. "So, whatever defensive coach comes in, they're not just going to change the defense. It might be someone within the staff like Coach (Darrell) Wilson or Coach (Phil) Parker. I'm not sure yet, but I know the defense isn't going to change."

Taylor spent a lot of time this weekend with Wilson, the program's linebackers coach.

"They plan on using me the same way they use me in my high school," Taylor said. "I play the WILL linebacker for my high school. It's not going to be a very hard transition. It's basically the same thing with different terminology. I'm planning on coming in and playing."

Taylor was hosted by Christian Kirksey and Kevonte Martin-Manley. He spoke with linebackers James Morris and Quinton Alston, who played as true freshmen.

"I'm pretty sure I'll get a chance at it," Taylor said. "They're not that deep at linebacker. I'm pretty sure I'll get a chance to play if I do what I'm supposed to do."

Taylor's trip to Iowa City was his first since attending a junior day at the school last January.

"I had a nice time down there," he said. "It was pretty good. Last time I was there, I didn't really get a chance to hang out with the players or anything. This time I did, so it was pretty fun. I'm really looking forward to playing at Iowa.

"As far as the parties and stuff, they were pretty fun. I didn't get to see the social life last time. I also got to talk and connect with the players. They kind of remind me of myself. It was nice to see."

Taylor said he will spend the time this winter and spring working on his speed before arriving in Iowa City this summer.

"That's my main focus," he said. "I'll be running every day and working out my legs."


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