Taylor Looking Forward To Seeing More

A visit to Michigan State on Saturday gave 2015 defensive tackle Elijah Taylor his second offer and some early things to think about when looking at the Spartans.

It's been well documented Cincinnati (Ohio) Moeller football players have enjoyed success wearing the Green & White of Michigan State.

With former Crusaders and Spartans standout Greg Jones and current defensive end Marcus Rush, Mark Dantonio and his staff have mined the talent out of one of the top prep programs in Ohio.

Add in current Spartan wide receiver Monty Madaris and 2013 signee Shane Jones also looking to make their mark in a Spartans uniform, 2015 defensive tackle Elijah Taylor entered his spring game visit excited to see what Spartan Nation was all about.

"I really enjoyed my trip," said Taylor. "I couldn't see campus, but I got to see the stadium and all the facilities like the meeting rooms, players lounge, weight room and indoor practice facilities."

Leading the way in Taylor's recruitment is Spartans defensive backs coach Harlon Barnett. Barnett can communicate with any prospect coming out of Cincinnati with his own story of leaving the Queen City for East Lansing and being a Spartan.

"Coach Barnett talked about his past and about what they are expecting from the future," said Taylor. We also had a chance to get to know each other better. I also spoke with defensive line coach Ron Burton and head coach Mark Dantonio.

It was Taylor's talk with Dantonio the young prospected learned about the Spartans interest in him continuing the pipeline from Moeller.

"It was my first face-to-face offer and it was exciting and I was a little nervous," explained Taylor. "I was really excited when he told me he was offering me a chance to play for him.

"We talked in his office and he talked about the core values you have to have. He talked about how you have to have an education to get there and how the coaches are like a family as many of them have spent multiple years together."

While Taylor May have been nervous talking with the Spartans head coach, he was soon under the pressure of a former teammate and another former Moeller standout.

"I got to talk with both Monty (Madaris) and Shane (Jones)," said Taylor. "They were trying to come at me hard and telling me to go to there and commit."

While Taylor still has plenty of time to work his way through the recruiting process his offer from Michigan State will not be one he'll soon forget. However, fully expect Taylor to be highly recruited in the coming months as he's already projected as one of Ohio's top prospects.


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