"Stevie is down here at the Miami team camp and we just confirmed with (MU Assistant) Coach (Ryan) Pedon that Miami has formally offered."
Stevie Taylor told RedHawk Insider last January, "I know a lot about Miami. One of my friends (2009 signee Orlando Williams) is going to Miami and has good things to say about Miami. I am interested in getting to know the coaches and players better." His older brother (Rob, Jr.) played with Williams on the Ohio Basketball Club (OBC) AAU team. Also, Williams' father Orlando Williams, Sr. (former OBC head coach) and Taylor's father (Rob, Sr.) are good friends.
Besides Miami, Taylor holds offers from Akron, Ohio, George Mason, and James Madison. Ball State, Dayton, Xavier, Virginia Tech, St. Joseph's, Clemson, Ohio State, and Florida Atlantic are the other schools showing interest.
Rob Taylor, Sr. also said that Ball State has also starting showing growing interest and requested a school transcript recently.
Taylor is a super quick point guard with a style of play similar to NBA star Chris Paul. Stevie Taylor said, "I do a lot of the things he does and work on the things he does." He described his game as follows: "I'm more of a speed and quick point guard. I use that to get by defenders."
This past season, Stevie Taylor earned third team Ohio All-Central District (only sophomore), second team All-OOC (Ohio Capital Conference), and was All-Metro Honorable Mention. He averaged of 17 points, 5 assists, and 3 steals.
Earlier this spring at the Memorial Graziano Barila Tournament in Varese, Italy, Stevie led Team Ohio to the Final Four. He was the third leading scorer overall in the tournament at 20ppg. Last year, Stevie was named MVP of the same tourney.
Taylor has earned national recognition for his play over the years. Scout.com's Dave Telep has ranked Taylor as one of the Top 50 players in the Class of 2011 (3 stars). At the Clay Dade's Fab Frosh All-American Camp last year, he was ranked the #1 point guard and #3 player overall. Taylor was featured in the November, 2006 issue of Slam Magazine as "Baby Baller of the Month."
Stevie Taylor is one Miami's first offers to a class of 2011 player. Miami had also offered Aaron Cosby as a 2010 player before Cosby reclassified to 2010.
RedHawk Insider will continue to follow Stevie Taylor.