Taylor Looking Forward to Spartans Visit

As one of Michigan State's early 2015 offers, Elijah Taylor is looking forward to making a return trip to campus this fall. Spartan Digest caught up with Taylor for the latest on his interest in the Spartans.

The pipeline between Michigan State and Cincinnati (Ohio) Moeller remains strong according to 2015 defensive tackle Elijah Taylor.

"Right now I know I'm going to go up to a Michigan State game for sure," said Taylor. "I just don't know which one exactly."

While Taylor understands recruiting rules limit the amount of contact made between coaches and prospects, he also feels the Spartans have done a good job of staying connected.

"Right now it's kind of slowed down," explained Taylor. "But we're still keeping in contact with each other."

Just prior to the start of the season, Taylor and his teammates received an unexpected visit from former teammate and current Spartan, Shane Jones.

"Shane came back a couple of weeks ago," he said. "He just talked about what it's like to be a student-athlete at the colligate level at a place like Michigan State. He said you have to work hard and can't stop working. He also said you have to try and be your best every day."

Last season Taylor surprised many of the opponents he faces coming off the Crusaders bench. Now as a fulltime starter, some have wondered if Taylor feels any added pressure this fall.

"I don't feel I have a target on my back," said Taylor. "I think the way they treated me last year has been kind of the same except I'm a starter this year. I'm still getting doubled team and not much has really changed.

"I'm not feeling any pressure as I got rid of that last year. I don't think being a starter has much of a difference as I feel like I'm doing the same as I did last year."

As for the teams joining the Spartans, Taylor's list continues to grow.

"Penn State, Arkansas, Louisville, Michigan, Ohio State and also Notre Dame are showing high interest in me," he said. "I'm going to try and make games at each of those schools but don't know which ones exactly because they have to fit into my schedule.

"I know I'm going to make some of them, but just not sure which ones yet because of our schedule. Right now I'm just playing things by ear and not sure of the other games I'll be attending just yet.


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