For the most part, football players are “defined” by a position…a quarterback, a running back, a defensive end, a kicker, etc. But every so often, you come across a “jack-of-all-trades” kind of player – the ones that are versatile enough to play multiple positions. In baseball, they’re referred to as “utility players.” In the recruiting world, those players are considered “athletes” – simply not defined by one singular position, but athletic and versatile enough to play anywhere on the field. That’s the kind of player Reese Taylor is.
Taylor (5’10”, 175 pounds) is a 3-star recruit from the Class of 2018, hailing from Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis, IN. Although he’s considered an “athlete” without a defined position, he says college coaches are predominantly looking at him as a defensive back. He currently has seven offers on the table, including four from the Big Ten, and we’ll touch on those in a minute. However, Michigan State is not one of the schools to make him an offer…yet. He made a trip to East Lansing this week to take in a practice and a basketball game, and MSU certainly left its mark.
“It was just a great experience,” Taylor told Spartan Nation. “Michigan State is a place I could see myself playing. It’s a great school.”
From a practice standpoint, Reese said there was a particular element that caught his eye.
“They were always on a fast tempo,” he explained. “Everything I saw was on a fast tempo and I like how they were just moving around the whole time.”
He was also able to take in the basketball game against Wisconsin, and that gave him a good impression of the scene on game day on the MSU campus.
“It was a good environment,” Taylor said. “I like how the crowd was, everything was jumping around – it was hype! The coaches were talking to us about everything, so I liked it.”
Reese admitted that he didn’t get a chance to talk to Head Coach Mark Dantonio on this visit, but he did speak to Co-Offensive Coordinator and Running Backs Coach, Dave Warner. There will likely be more chances for Taylor and Dantonio to speak though, as Reese says he plans to camps at Michigan State this summer.
As I mentioned before, Taylor has seven scholarship offers at this moment, including from four other Big Ten Schools – Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota and Purdue. The other three offers are from Cincinnati, Ball State and Toledo. He gave his thoughts on each of the four Big Ten schools.
On Indiana, Reese said, “Right now, they’re one of my top schools. I like everything about them, and they’re a pretty nice campus.”
In regards to the Boilermakers, he explained, “Purdue is great. They have great coaches, I like the program, they’ve got a new facility, and it’s good around there, too.”
Although he admitted that he hasn’t visited Minnesota yet, he did say, “From what I hear, P.J. Fleck is a good coach and he knows what he’s doing,”
Lastly, Reese is actually visiting Iowa this weekend for Junior Day, and said he’s looking forward to seeing everything there.
Other schools can obviously jump into the mix for Reese Taylor between now and signing day, but he said he plans to make his decision sometime during next football season.
“I am enjoying this a lot, but it’s crazy though – it’s a lot of work,” he admitted of his recruiting process.
There’s still time for Michigan State to get into the mix for Reese Taylor, and a positive impression after a recruiting visit is always a good thing. But for someone considered to be a jack-of-all-trades “athlete,” the demand for his services will likely only increase over coming months.