Taylor to LSU

Northshore HS long snapper Brandon Taylor eschewed two scholarship offers for a chance to walk-on in the SEC. Read further to find out more.

A few weeks ago, Northshore (Slidell, La.) long snapper Brandon Taylor committed to Kentucky, but he had a recent change of heart after a conversation with the LSU coaching staff.

Taylor, in fact, turned down scholarship offers from The Citadel and Northwestern State for an opportunity to walk-on in the SEC.

"On April 1rst, I called Frank Wilson so I could clear my conscience," began Taylor. "Before (former special teams) Coach (Joe) Robinson left, I had asked him if they needed a long snapper, and he said they weren't looking for anybody.

"The next day, though, Coach Robinson took a job at North Carolina, so that's why I called Coach Wilson. I told him (Wilson) that I had two offers; I told him the whole situation with me."

The rest is history.

"Coach Wilson told me to hang on and he passed the phone to (current special teams) Coach (Thomas) McGaughey," Taylor explained. "Coach McGaughey had heard of me from (long snapping guru) Chris Rubio and Coach Robinson, and he then gave the phone to Coach (Les) Miles.

"Coach Miles said he was glad I called, because he had forgotten I was out there. He said he didn't want me going to Kentucky; he wanted me to come to LSU."

Taylor is looking forward to working with veteran LS Joey Crappell.

"It's a great opportunity to play with Joey next year," said Taylor. "He and I already know each other. We text all the time. He was excited about me coming to LSU, and I think he's the best deep snapper in the country."

Taylor spoke with (defensive backs) Coach Ron Cooper at the spring game last weekend.

"Coach Cooper said I'm stepping into a great situation," Taylor said. "I'll get the chance to compete for the starting job and a scholarship in 2012. I also talked with Odell Beckham, Sr., and I was encouraged by what he had to say about LSU.

"It feels great to know I'll be playing 80 miles away from home in Baton Rouge, instead of 10 hours away in Kentucky. I'm friends with Mickey Johnson, Anthony Johnson, and Odell Beckham, Jr., and I'm excited about playing with them during my college career."


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