LSU surging with 2016 DT Stephon Taylor

LSU has already landed a commitment from one McDonogh 35 standout. Now the Tigers hope to land another. What effect will Clifford Chattman's commitment have on Stephon Taylor?

NEW ORLEANSLSU has its sights set on a pair of players from McDonogh 35.

Clifford Chattman, the 6-foot-5 athlete that could play linebacker or safety, is already on board after committing to the Tigers earlier this month. Defensive line coach Ed Orgeron hopes to reel in his teammate as well.

Defensive tackle Stephon Taylor earned his LSU offer during his visit for “Boys from the Boot,” and he’s been a top target ever since.

LSU has also offered four other in-state defensive tackles, including five-stars Rashard Lawrence and Ed Alexander. Taylor ranks right up there with all of them on Orgeron’s board.

“Coach O’s been trying to get me to go there, and we talk every now and then,” Taylor said. “Every time we talk, he just yells ‘Hey, Big Tiger!’ I like him. He’s a high-intensity defensive line coach. He loves my explosion, quickness and hands.”

Frank Wilson has also helped in recruiting Talor, and he doesn’t plan to lose a New Orleans-area recruit to another school.

“He’s a great recruiting coach,” Taylor said. “He says that if I’m a Tiger, my parents will be able to come to all the games. He says we’ll have a great defense.”

It’ll certainly help the Tigers’ efforts to have Chatman aid in recruiting Taylor. The big man said the possibility of playing on the next level with his high school teammate has made LSU an even more attractive destination.

“My love went up for LSU,” Taylor said. “It’s not a 50-50 chance anymore. It’s more like 85 percent. I’m almost there.”



Though it certainly appears that LSU’s in great shape to land Taylor, he wants to take his time with his recruitment. He’s added several big offers since that visit to LSU earlier this month.

“It feels like I’ve blown up since I got that LSU offer,” Taylor said. “A lot of schools have been coming at me. I’m just waiting on more. I give all the schools my undivided attention, whether I want to go there or not.”

Now Taylor’s an interesting in-state case because he only moved to Louisiana about four years ago. He grew up in Valley, Ala., a town on the Alabama-Georgia border about 30 miles northeast of Auburn. He now lives in New Orleans with his mother and younger brother, but his father and another brother still live in Valley.

He said the idea of playing close to them is appealing.

So he hopes to hear more from Auburn and Georgia. He took a visit to Alabama last week, and all three of those schools could be legitimate contenders should they make a strong push in his recruitment.

“I’m still just waiting for plenty more offers to come on the table,” Taylor said. “I’ll probably wait a while [to commit].”

As for his high school season, Taylor hopes to make a name for himself as a senior. He’s been shedding weight to have a more tone frame and is down to 288 pounds at 6-foot-5.

And he wants to warn opposing linemen about what’s coming for them in 2015.

“I want to work hard until the season comes,” Taylor said. “And then when it comes, I’ll put in all that effort into my game. This year, I’m sending out a threat to the offensive linemen that nobody can block me.”

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