With over 20 offers to his credit, Westlake High’s Michael Taylor has plenty of college options. Yet, on Thursday, the nation’s No. 9 middle linebacker took things down to two.
“LSU and Miami are my leaders right now,” he said. “I still have Stanford in there, but they trail those other two schools. I am trying to find out what programs really want and need me, so I am just being patient and feeling every little thing out.”
In a few weeks time, however, the 6-foot, 203-pound linebacker will step up and pull the trigger on his decision.
“I want to commit sometime before the summer ends, so it looks like I will be shutting things down over the next couple of weeks,” he said.
What does that mean for the Tiger side?
“LSU is in a good spot,” he said. “The visit I had in June was amazing, and I still think about it all the time. It left a big impression on me, and I can definitely stay that it was the one trip that stood out.
“The coaching staff was really cool, and I just felt like it was a good spot,” he added. “I can most definitely see myself in purple and gold.”
What about the Hurricanes chances?
“I think Miami is right up there with LSU, and my unofficial visit to their campus was pretty cool,” he said. “It is very different from LSU, but I liked it alright. The city was definitely the coolest part, and the program looks like it is headed in the right direction.”
The direction that Taylor is headed in, of course, remains to be seen. The California-native has ties to the West Coast, which could land him back home – at Stanford. Or, Taylor could find a new home – whether it is in Baton Rouge or Miami.
One thing is certain; the three-star prospect will factor in every detail possible before a decision is rendered.
“This is the biggest decision I have had to make, and I don’t want to rush it in any way,” Taylor said. “I have looked at tons of schools, and I really feel like LSU, Miami and Stanford could all offer me the things I need. Now it is just time for me to see where that leaves me.”
Taylor, who collected 160 tackles with 25 for loss, and six sacks along with eight forced fumbles during his junior season, has offers from Georgia, LSU, Miami, Stanford, Tennessee and Virginia Tech, among others.