He can rattle off their names — Rashard Lawrence, Ed Alexander, Glen Logan — because they come up in LSU’s recruiting pitches. The Tigers hope to take full advantage of a loaded in-state class at that position. They’d love to land them all, and the coaches sell players like Taylor on joining a defensive line that could soon be one of the best in the country.
But there are pros and cons to that.
“It is [attractive],” Taylor said of potentially joining so many other top players. “But at the same time, I also do want my playing time.”
That’s the juggling act for LSU, ensuring all these five- and four-star prospects know there are enough snaps to go around. The pressure falls on defensive line coach Ed Orgeron to make the sell.
Orgeron has taken a keen interest in Taylor of the last few months. They first met in February when Taylor landed an LSU offer while visiting for “Boys from the Boot.” They’ve gotten much closer since.
“Everything’s been good,” he said. “We holler at each other every now and then. We just talk about pass rushing, talk about family, talk about a lot of stuff. We’re not just building a relationship on the field. We’re building one off the field as well.”
Taylor has a busy stretch ahead of him. With all the college coaches coming to McDonogh 35 HS over the last few weeks, Taylor has fielded a lot of attention and will essentially have his pick of schools.
“It’s been hectic,” he said. “A lot of coaches have been coming through and stopping by for practice. I stay humble. I try not to let it get to my head, keep focusing and keep working.”
Taylor wants to “go see everything,” hoping to visit as many schools as he can this summer. He plans to check out Auburn soon after school ends. He’ll attend LSU’s Bayou Picnic on May 30 and follow that with a trip to Ole Miss.
He also wants to try and see Florida, Miami, Nebraska and Cal.
He knows that narrowing down all his options will be tough, and he’s not in a hurry to do it.
“I don’t just want to go to a school that wants me for my talent,” Taylor said. “I want to go to a school that will coach me to success.”