Calvin Taylor is an intriguing prospect at 6-foot-9, 265-pounds. Taylor appears to be a candidate to play on the offensive line at tackle, but he is willing to fit into whatever role the coaching staff lays out for him.
“I’ll play whatever side of the ball that I am needed to play,” said Taylor. “I’m a team guy. If it’s best for the team, it’s best for me.”
That line of team thinking is part of what made Mark Stoops decide to offer Taylor. And Mark Stoops’ work with the Kentucky program is a major factor in why Taylor decided to sign with the Wildcats.
“Coach Stoops is a wonderful coach. I really enjoyed the vibe of the program. It was a perfect fit for me,” he said.
The aesthetic improvements to the facilities also turned Taylor’s head as well, along with the environment around the program.
“UK is a phenomenal place. Me and Coach (Jimmy) Brumbaugh had a wonderful relationship. UK is an up-and-coming program. I really wanted to be a part of a wonderful culture. The whole staff is amazing. They are really players’ coaches.”
Taylor, who also plays basketball, is still learning football. But his time on the hardwood provides him an extra benefit as a football player.
“As a player I have a lot to learn. I consider myself as an athletic player who is still learning the game of football. I am a very active body on the field and my basketball background contributed to my agile nature,” he continued.
Taylor, who was considering Bowling Green as a basketball player, is just thankful to have an opportunity to play in the SEC.
“As I prayed on it, God led me to the place that I am supposed to be. My mom loved the place also. Just blessed to have the opportunity. All glory to God. It’s just a humbling opportunity,” he finished.
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