COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- It was quite a "Terps week" for 2016 DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) receiver and two-sport standout Kellon Taylor.
The 6-foot-4, 195-pound emerging talent began the week at Mark Turgeon's first Terps hoops "Team Camp," helping take his Stags to the title game against St. John's on June 14 at the Xfinity Center, with his long and rangy frame and high-motor game, and then this past weekend Taylor and the Stags did one better the Terps football 7-on-7 tournament, capturing the title on June 20 in Byrd Stadium.
Taylor, tall and athletic and not afraid to stick his nose in there in either sport, is all of a sudden catching some big looks, in both sports, but this summer is also wrestling with which sport he wants to pursue most ardently in college.
TT caught up with this tall, intriguing talent after the 7-on-7 competition June 20 at College Park, and he was one eager beaver to get the ball rolling, whatever sport.
"If I go college football, I will probably be a receiver. Right now I am still not 100 percent sure. I am trying to push more to football, but I may be 50-50 still," Taylor said.
With his long frame and arms, one could perhaps see him even filling out to be a tight end at the next level, but that would be many years down the road in terms of physical maturation.
"I think I have been doing pretty well this week out here," Taylor said. "I know I have been switching back and forth between the two [sports], but it just clicks."
Taylor actually began playing football at the age of four, but stopped in eighth grade. It's been a lot of hoops since then, averaging 8 points and 8 rebounds a game last year for DeMatha. In football he had three touchdown receptions for the Stags last season, when he returned to the game.
On the college front, Temple, UConn, NC State and UMass, among others, have been in contact, while this week he began to hear more from Maryland, which scouted his most every game over the weekend. Taylor displayed that length, and attitude, to go up in a crowd and nab balls in traffic, and Maryland could certainly use a tall receiver or two on roster.
"Maryland has been talking to me a lot of late, so hopefully I will be coming up here soon [for a more formal visit]," Taylor said.
Temple, Rhode Island and Western Michigan are his first three offers.
"Maryland, I have looked at it since Day One. I mean, my mom went here. She was going to play basketball here but got injured," Taylor said. "I grew up watching Maryland all my life, been a Maryland fan all my life."
Taylor said he could grow another inch or two, and the frame looks like it is still filling out.
"On the field, well just being aggressive, when the ball is in the air just using good ball skills. And I have deceptive speed, because people think because I am tall I am not as fast as I am. But I can out-run the corner," Taylor said.
He said he hopes to visit Maryland, West Virginia and ODU, among other nearby schools, this month.
In DeMatha summer hoops Taylor is averaging about 15 points per game.
"The DMV movement, well it would be a honor to be a part of that. Guys like Tino [Ellis]....it's coming together real nice and hopefully by August I can make my [college] decision," he said. "If not, probably after my basketball season, like in March. But I would love to be a part of the Movement if possible, it would just be a great thing to be here with my friends. There's nothing better than playing for your hometown school. And Tino, he will be a big part of me coming here if ends up committing, be a big DMV movement. But I think it would be a great move."
And off the field, well Taylor has a secret passion he revealed to us June 22, an affinity for the "Sponge Bob" cartoon television show. But just don't tell anyone....
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