At first glance it appeared the big man had put on some mass. Taylor confirmed that he has gained about 10 pounds and is up to 285. Even at that weight the 6 foot 1 star reports a 4.9 in the 40, amazing for a player of Taylor's size. The weight gain is all muscle. "I'm benching over 400 pounds and squating over 600." he said.
Across from Oosterbaan Ave., named after the Muskegon alum and former Michigan great, in the shadow of the stately red brick buildings of Muskegon High, stands Hackley Stadium, home to a proud tradition of winning which dates back to their first state championship in 1921. Muskegon has gone on to win 14 state titles, the last being in 1989. With a team loaded with seniors and coming off a 9-2 record in 2003, the Big Reds look to end the drought. Taylor will be leading the way on both sides of the ball. "I play guard and tackle, and on special teams," he said. "We look good this year and should go a long way."
There hasn't been much action on the rcruiting front for Taylor since we last spoke with him. The top teams are Michigan and LSU, with Nebraska, Florida, and Notre Dame hanging on. He says he'll visit those five school's officially before making his decision before the playoffs begin. While Michigan is still the leader, he did enjoy his trip to Baton Rouge earlier in the year. "I liked it down there but we were only there for a day," he said. "I really liked the weather, it's hot all the time and I like to sweat. "
For a big man, Taylor moves exceptionally well. During drills he made moves that some of the smaller players had difficulty executing. He moves well laterally and pops from his crouch. While playing on both sides of the ball for the Big Reds, Taylor knows his college future is on defense. "Most teams are looking at me for nose guard, that's where I'd like to play."
Muskegon's season begins August 27 against Detroit Denby. This Friday the Big Reds will take on East Kentwood in a scrimmage. It was the Falcons that ended Muskegon's perfect record in 2003. GBW will be there to scout how Taylor performs against the powerful East Kentwood attack.
We'll have more photos of Taylor later this week, stay tuned.