Taylor Has UM High on List

The Woodlands, Texas standout running back Samson Taylor told me a couple weeks ago that the University of Miami was the top school on his current list of favorites. After spending three days at UM's camp this past weekend, that remains the same today.

"Miami's still at the top," Taylor said. "They have a great program and I knew about that. However, I got a chance to see everything up close and in person and I was blown away. They have everything you could possibly want in a college."

Taylor said one of the biggest reasons he's so high on the Hurricanes is how impressive the UM coaches were to him.

"I've been to a few other camps at other programs," he said. "A lot of the coaches there try to be buddy buddy with the top players. Like if they see you at a camp, they spend more time focusing on you. The Miami coaches aren't like that. They treat everyone the same, nobody is a king in their eyes. I saw some of the best players in the country at the camp and the coaches treat them the same way they treat the kids that will never go to college. It was amazing."

The talented running back said he likes how tough the UM coaches can be on their players.

"They're real tough," he said. "When you have great players at so many different positions, you have to be that way I guess. They love competition there and they're really hard on the players. That's probably the reason they win so much and the reason they send so many kids into the NFL. Those guys are ready for the pro ranks after they spend a few years with those coaches."

Taylor had a chance to spend time with UM running backs coach Don Soldinger at the camp.

"He's real cool," he said. "He really gets on you hard. He demands total effort and nothing but the best out of everyone. One of the kids at the camp [Charlie Jones] has already been offered by Miami and [Soldinger] acted no differently towards him than he did to even the eight year olds out there. He's a great coach and you can see why they produce so many great running backs year after year."

Taylor, who checked in at 5-11 1/2 and 208, ran a 4.4/40 and jumped 35 inches on the vert. He was named co-MVP for the running backs along with Charlie Jones after the camp. In addition, his father spent time in Soldinger's office.

"Coach Soldinger said they are recruiting some running backs from out of state and that I'm one of them," he said. "They plan on taking two and they've only offered two so far. They want to make an evaluation on us [out of state recruits] during the first two or three games of this coming season. He said the two backs they've offered are kids they've been watching play since ninth grade. They're Charlie Jones and Bobby Washington."

Taylor said he had a chance to meet Jones during the camp.

"I like Charlie, he's a real cool guy," he said. "A lot of times whenever a kid is rated real high by all the recruiting magazines and stuff, it can get to his head or whatever. Not with Charlie, though. He's real quiet and you'd never imagine that he's a top-rated guy. He goes out to compete just like anyone else and wants to learn just as much as the next person. That's why I respect him so much. I didn't get a chance to meet Bobby [Washington] though but I know he's already committed. Charlie said he's real interested in Miami too."

One other player that Taylor noticed as a camp standout was wide receiver Cameron Colvin.

"The wide receiver from De La Salle was awesome," he said. "He's real, real good. I know he has a scholarship offer from Miami."

The standout running back was asked about the competition at linebacker and he remembered one kid as a standout -- Willie Williams.

"There was a kid there on Sunday," he said. "He was like 6-3 and 230 pounds. He ran a 4.4 and he was just a beast. He was really fast and looked like he was on another level. We were in awe watching him cover running backs that weighed 180 pounds when he was 230. That's not supposed to happen like that and this kid made it look easy. One of the kids asked him if he has any offers yet and he said the entire USA has offered him already. I can see why. Some of the guys couldn't believe their eyes when watching him."

Taylor had a teammate, junior Kyle Anderson, that won the award for the top tight end at the camp.

"Yeah, Kyle but he's only going to be a junior," he said. "He's like 6-4, 235, and runs a 4.6. He's going to be a great player and Coach Chud said he'd like to see him again next year."

Taylor, who has close to a dozen scholarship offers right now, said he's hoping the Hurricanes will come through in the early part of the season.

"I'll do my best," he said. "If they end up taking those other two guys, that's great too. I'm sure they're both great players. But I'd love for them to give me a chance as well. You don't know how much I'd enjoy competing with the great running backs they have now and also those guys."

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