Taylor Saw Familiar Faces on MSU Visit

With his high school team getting ready to start their playoff run, Elijah Taylor was able to catch one last college game with a visit to Michigan State. The 2015 defensive tackle saw some familiar faces during his visit to East Lansing.

As one of Ohio's top targets in the Class of 2015, Cincinnati (Ohio) Moeller defensive tackle Elijah Taylor has seen interest in his football abilities rise.

Last Saturday, Taylor made the trip to East Lansing to catch Michigan State in action against rival Michigan.

"The trip was a good one," said Taylor. "I have family in Perrysburg, so we actually visited with family before going to Michigan State. I went to campus and sat around and saw a few things with the other recruits and after that we headed out to the game.

Not only did Taylor get to see family during his trip, he also saw some familiar faces from his past.

"It was great to see some alumni from Moeller," he said. "I got a chance to see Shane (Jones) and Monty (Madaris). I also got to see Marcus (Rush) play. That was great and it was nice to catch up with those guys."

What did former teammate Shane Jones tell him about being a Spartan?

"Shane said it was the place to be," said Taylor. "I didn't get a chance to talk with Monty too much because he had to go out for warm-ups. So I got to talk with Shane a little more and also got a chance to speak some with head coach Mark Dantonio."

What did the Spartans head man have to say?

"He didn't say too much other than it was going to be an electric atmosphere and that they want me there," said Taylor.

Dantonio wasn't the only member of the Spartans staff to strike up a conversation with Taylor.

"Michigan State has a really good defense and I got a chance to talk with defensive line coach Ron Burton and coach (Harlon) Barnett before the game. I could see myself in that defense as they have a really good defense so we talked about it a little bit."

As for his game day experience, Taylor came away extremely impressed by the whole experience.

"I saw an outstanding defense against a ranked team," he said. "They had several things working against Michigan and that impressed me a lot. I thought it was going to be a good game, but the defense surprised me by putting on a heck of game. They made so many stops it was incredible.

"I thought the crowd was really into it also. I was sitting next to some very spirited fans and it just seemed like everybody that came to the game was rooting for Michigan State. So it was a great crowd overall."

With the possibility this could be the last game he attends this season, Taylor said he's starting to see the recruiting process a little clearer.

"I don't think I'll be able to make any more games because playoffs games are played on Saturday's," said Taylor. "I'm hoping to come back to Michigan State and check out the campus more and see everything that goes on around there and also spend more time with the Moeller alumni.

"I'm definitely getting more of an ideal about the process and have started to learn more about different schools than I did before. Things have really affected my life and I really appreciate everything God has given me over the past couple of years. However, I'm still doing research and trying to narrow my options down a little bit. But I really haven't gotten it too down yet.

"Right now I'm just playing things by ear. If I can, I might go and visit some campuses during the winter and spring time and then when summer comes around."

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