Reeling Taylor in

The weekend was a great success for the LSU staff, adding four prospects to an already impressive 2010 commitment list. Perhaps an equal splash, however, was made where no pledge was exchanged. Back in Georgia from an overnight visit to Baton Rouge, linebacker Michael Taylor has never been higher on LSU.

The story of LSU’s success at recruiting linebackers out of the Peach State has been well chronicled.

It began for head coach Les Miles in 2006 with the signing of Stone Mountain-tandem Perry Riley and Kelvin Sheppard.

The roll continued in 2009 with the addition of Suwanee-native and four-star prospect Kevin Minter.

“It was something that I noticed right away,” said Taylor, a resident of Atlanta. “They are not shy about letting me know about their ability to come into Georgia and find linebackers that they can have success with, and it definitely makes me more comfortable.”

Comfort, Taylor said, will be the key to his recruitment.

To understand, you have to go back to the 6-foot, 192-pound prospect’s eighth grade year.

“I had lived in California my entire life until then,” Taylor said. “When we moved to Georgia, it was a real shock for me. I have only been here a few years, so it is not home to me, and that is a weird feeling to have.

“Right now, my home is still on the West Coast.”

Here comes the kicker.

“I have been back to California a few times, and things were not quite the same anymore,” Taylor said. “Everything is so different, and I think it is just how I look at the world. I have had stuff happen to me and matured, and I look back and don’t see the same home that I left.”

The thought of comfort at a college, as it would have it, might mean more to Taylor than most.

“This is my chance to find a home,” he said. “To find a family that will take me in as their own and accept me. I need a coaching staff that can embrace me and let me work for a good opportunity.

“That is what college is about for me at this point in my life.”


LSU looks to be in a solid spot for Taylor

After a visit to Baton Rouge over the weekend, however, the road ahead appears a bit smoother.

“The weekend was a ten,” said Taylor, doing his best to hold back his enthusiasm. “I can’t even describe how it made me feel. It was the greatest campus visit I have had so far, and I have been on my share – maybe six or seven. It was just the best from every standpoint.”

That is high praise given that the three-star has taken in the Alabama and Georgia campuses. So, what was the secret?

“I think it was the staff,” Taylor admitted. “When I compare the overall opportunity they can provide, I can say that it is better than other places. After meeting the coaches, I have a feeling about LSU that they will do great things for me.”

Without hesitation, the junior began reeling off the possibilities.

“I want a National Championship ring, and LSU can get that for me,” he said. “They have the recent two, and the team is only getting more talented.

“I also could play really early according to coach Cooper and coach Chavis,” he added. “That is something you always like to hear, no matter what anyone tries to say.”

After coach Cooper trekked to the Westlake campus earlier this spring, the first-year defensive backs coach took to wooing the junior’s coaching staff in his own backyard.

“A couple of my coaches came down with me for the visit, and they were blown away,” Taylor said. “I did not really feel like I should have committed, but they were telling me that it would be a great place for me no matter when I decided.

“They told me to look at other schools if I felt that I needed to, but LSU was a really great place for me.”

With Miles and Co. hot on the trail for the middle linebacker, what do the coming months hold?

“I need to get a feel on a couple of other schools before I make a decision, because people have to understand that it is the biggest of my life,” Taylor said. “I am definitely feeling LSU right now, though. Most definitely.”

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The roll continued in 2009\r\nwith the addition of Suwanee-native and four-star prospect Kevin Minter.

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“It was something that I\r\nnoticed right away,” said Taylor, a resident of Atlanta. “They are not shy\r\nabout letting me know about their ability to come into Georgia and find\r\nlinebackers that they can have success with, and it definitely makes me more\r\ncomfortable.”

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Comfort, Taylor said, will\r\nbe the key to his recruitment.

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To understand, you have to\r\ngo back to the 6-foot, 192-pound prospect’s eighth grade year.

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“I had lived in California\r\nmy entire life until then,” Taylor said. “When we moved to Georgia, it was a\r\nreal shock for me. I have only been here a few years, so it is not home to me,\r\nand that is a weird feeling to have.

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“Right now, my home is\r\nstill on the West Coast.”

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Here comes the kicker.

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“I have been back to\r\nCalifornia a few times, and things were not quite the same anymore,” Taylor\r\nsaid. “Everything is so different, and I think it is just how I look at the\r\nworld. I have had stuff happen to me and matured, and I look back and don’t see\r\nthe same home that I left.”

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The thought of comfort at\r\na college, as it would have it, might mean more to Taylor than most.

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“This is my chance to find\r\na home,” he said. “To find a family that will take me in as their own and\r\naccept me. I need a coaching staff that can embrace me and let me work for a\r\ngood opportunity.

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“That is what college is\r\nabout for me at this point in my life.”

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After a visit to Baton\r\nRouge over the weekend, however, the road ahead appears a bit smoother.

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“The weekend was a ten,”\r\nsaid Taylor, doing his best to hold back his enthusiasm. “I can’t even describe\r\nhow it made me feel. It was the greatest campus visit I have had so far, and I\r\nhave been on my share – maybe six or seven. It was just the best from every\r\nstandpoint.”

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That is high praise given\r\nthat the three-star has taken in the Alabama and Georgia campuses. So, what was\r\nthe secret?

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“I think it was the staff,”\r\nTaylor admitted. “When I compare the overall opportunity they can provide, I\r\ncan say that it is better than other places. After meeting the coaches, I have\r\na feeling about LSU that they will do great things for me.”

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Without hesitation, the\r\njunior began reeling off the possibilities.

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“I want a National\r\nChampionship ring, and LSU can get that for me,” he said. “They have the recent\r\ntwo, and the team is only getting more talented.

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“I also could play really early\r\naccording to coach Cooper and coach Chavis,” he added. “That is something you\r\nalways like to hear, no matter what anyone tries to say.”

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After coach Cooper trekked\r\nto the Westlake campus earlier this spring, the first-year defensive backs\r\ncoach took to wooing the junior’s coaching staff in his own backyard.

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“A couple of my coaches\r\ncame down with me for the visit, and they were blown away,” Taylor said. “I did\r\nnot really feel like I should have committed, but they were telling me that it\r\nwould be a great place for me no matter when I decided.

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“They told me to look at\r\nother schools if I felt that I needed to, but LSU was a really great place for\r\nme.”

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With Miles and Co. hot on\r\nthe trail for the middle linebacker, what do the coming months hold?

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“I need to get a feel on a\r\ncouple of other schools before I make a decision, because people have to\r\nunderstand that it is the biggest of my life,” Taylor said. “I am definitely\r\nfeeling LSU right now, though. Most definitely.”

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