Taylor ready to show out at Army Combine

RB/WR Daniel Taylor of Lutcher High School arrived in San Antonio this afternoon as he prepares to test his skills against the rest of the nation's elite juniors at this Friday's U.S. Army Combine. What's his target time in the 40-yard dash? Which schools are recruiting the Scout.com early three-star prospect?

"I'm at the hotel with my teammates, Jordan Batiste and Kyron Jackson," said Lutcher all-purpose star Daniel Taylor. "My goal for the combine is to get a lot of recognition by doing well in the one-on-one drills against the nation's top linebackers. I want to run in the low 4.4's in the 40-yard dash."

Over the past seasons, Class 4A Lutcher has gone 23-3, thanks to players such as four-star LSU commit Jarvis Landry and Taylor.

As a junior, Taylor dashed for 1,245 yards and 15 TDs on only 109 carries (11.42 ypc). He also caught 26 passes for 313 yards and three more scores.

Taylor got off to a good start last fall, running for 119 yards and a TD on 12 carries in the opener vs. Class 5A Dutchtown. Lutcher lost that game, but Taylor performed very well versus one of the strongest defenses in the state. Dutchtown, which featured LB Cole Harp and four-star safety Landon Collins, went 10-0 and subsequently garnered the No. 1 seed in the 5A bracket.

Morgan City, Huntington, and Helen Cox know plenty about Taylor.

In the final game of the regular season, Taylor gashed Morgan City's defense for 215 yards rushing and 3 TDs on 8 attempts (26.88 ypc). The following week, Taylor throttled Huntington (9-186, 20.67 ypc, 4 TDs) in the first-round of the playoffs. Earlier in the year, he rambled for 200 yards on 20 carries vs. Cox.

Daniel Taylor
As a sophomore, Taylor gained 1,345 yards on the ground with 18 TDs and hauled in 44 receptions for 504 yards (with 4 TDs).

Lutcher reached the semifinals in 2009 before losing to eventual state champ Neville in a rare south Louisiana ice storm. This past season, the Bulldogs were upset in the second-round by Lafayette-based Teurlings Catholic, and that didn't sit too well with Taylor.

"I was disappointed," he stated. "We expected to go further."

Which schools are his favorites?

"Oregon, Auburn, Tulsa, Arkansas, and USC," he said.

It's possible that SMU could play a factor, however, seeing as how Mustangs WRs coach Jeff Reinebold was the first recruiter to offer Taylor a scholarship.

"He (Reinebold) offered me back when I was in the eighth grade," Taylor explained. "That was back when he was at Hawaii (with June Jones) and they just brought the offer over to SMU.

"SMU runs the spread, which is a good thing, because I wouldn't have to adjust to a new offense if I went there. They also have great academics."

Until now, Taylor has playing basketball, and his high-flying dunks seem to defy gravity. Although he's only in the neighborhood of 5-foot-9, Taylor easily skies above the rim and makes his living above the basket on fast breaks.

That could be a thing of the past, though.

"I might not play basketball for the rest of the season," he said. "My coaches want me to gain weight. The basketball coach understands because he knows that my career lies with football."

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