Franklinton ATH on board with LSU

LSU picked up its seventh commitment for the Class of 2004 from Franklinton athlete Curtis Taylor (6-2, 190, 4.4), and he could be the Tigers' top unknown commodity in the upcoming signing class.

Taylor split time at quarterback and receiver his junior season, picking up first team All-State honors and the Washington Parish Most Valuable Player award.

However, it was the fantastic showing he put on at safety in Nick Saban's first summer camp session that warranted the scholarship offer.

"I can play on both sides of the ball just as equal," Taylor told Tiger Rag. "I feel like now I can just add another beat to my game."

Arkansas, McNeese State and Louisiana-Lafayette also offered Taylor scholarships, and Ole Miss was very interested. But the offer from Saban was too good to for Taylor pass up.

"That is where I wanted to go," said Taylor, who was recruited for strong safety. "I wanted to get it over with and focus on my schoolwork so I can be prepared when I get there. I like the school and I have family over there. My family will be able to come see me play."

Taylor has a 2.4 grade point average and made a 16 on his first attempt on the ACT. He has a little work to do in the classroom, but he said he will be fully qualified when signing day arrives.

LSU defensive coordinator Will Muschamp received the good news from Taylor on Monday and told him to call Saban to let him know about his decision.

"He (Saban) was pretty excited abut it," Taylor said. "He said he was glad I committed. He said I did a real good job at the camp. He offered me and that was what I liked. The head coach offered me."

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