Taylor didn’t get to stick around for the postgame crawfish boil, so he soaked it all up pregame with his lead recruiter.
“I was with him on the sideline before the game and during their individual warm-ups. I was around him the entire time…We’re really cool. We’ve been talking a lot, probably once or twice a week. He just says he’d like to have me as a player. He says I’m a player he can teach.”
During the game, Taylor had his eyes on the defensive line and liked everything he saw.
“It was a great game,” Taylor said. “The defensive line played really well. Coach O has done a great job with them. I would like to play for Coach O.”
LSU would like that too. The four-star defensive tackle has emerged as one of Orgeron’s top targets in Louisiana for the 2016 class. He’s taken several visits in the last few months, and that appears to be paying off for the Tigers.
“I feel very comfortable up there,” Taylor said. “It’s definitely a benefit for them in recruiting me. It’s just a great team and a great coaching staff.”
LSU also has one of Taylor’s teammates working in their favor. He rode up to Baton Rouge on Saturday with LSU commit Clifford Chattman, and he’s still trying hard to get Taylor to join him in their class.
“He’d like to continue playing with me,” Taylor said. “We’ve been on the same defense in high school, and we can continue playing on the next level.”
LSU still has a lot of competition though. He mentioned Ohio State and Georgia as two schools high on his list. He’s also recently visited Mississippi State and Ole Miss, and the Alabama native still has family near Auburn, making that an attractive option.
Taylor said he hasn’t started narrowing things down yet.
“I still have other schools I’m looking at,” he said. “I’m just going to wait it out. A lot of coaches will come down in the spring to watch us practice. “