K Taylor Mehlhaff is drawing close to a decision

Taylor Mehlhaff of Aberdeen (SD) Central is considered one of the top kicking prospects in the country. He visited Minnesota Dec. 12 and was at Wisconsin Jan. 9. Both schools have offered him a scholarship and he is expected to make his decision soon. Mehlhaff was named the South Dakota Gatorade football player of the year. GoldenSports.net got a chance to talk to Taylor's father Charles after their return trip from Las Vegas.

Taylor Mehlhaff led the Golden Eagles to a 12-1 record and a runner-up finish in the Class 11AA state finals as they lost to Spearfish. He was the team's kicker, punter, defensive back and quarterback. Mehlhaff completed 107 of 217 passes for 1,359 yards and 12 touchdowns this season. He rushed 118 times for 365 yards and four touchdowns. Mehlhaff was one of the team's leading tacklers with more than 50 tackles. He kicked a 52-yard field goal against Rapid City Stevens. Most of Mehlhaff's kickoffs were touchbacks this season, including the one against Pierre that he kicked from his own 20 after a Pierre safety. Mehlhaff has a 3.6 GPA and plays left wing on the hockey team.


Taylor attended the Chris Sailer kicking camp in Las Vegas this weekend, but did not participate due to a groin injury, according to his father.


"Chris told him not to push it. He said not to push it and that he had nothing to prove."


"It was fun. It was still a good week. The problem is going back to hockey, which is a tough sport to play if you are having injury problems."


 Charles said that he had not spoken to his son about when he is going to make his decision.


"Head coach Barry Alvarez of Wisconsin visited tonight. It was good. I don't know if he changed our mind."


Charles admitted that Nebraska has gotten back involved in the recruiting process. Taylor grew up following Nebraska when he was younger, according to his father.


"They got their coaching situation resolved and have been in contact. Nebraska said that they would call and they might offer a scholarship."


Another Big 12 school has also expressed interest in landing Taylor.


"We don't know where Texas A&M is right now. Mark Tommerdahl (their tight ends/special teams coordinator and former Gopher assistant) came up last week and said that they were very interested. He said that they recruit most of their players from Texas and that he would not normally be up here unless it was to recruit a very good player."


Minnesota still remains strong in the mix since he could kick inside and possibly play baseball for the Gophers.


"I spent a lot of time in Las Vegas with running back coach Vic Adamle and guard and center coach Gordon Shaw. They've been in the game since the start."


 "It's been a crazy experience. He owes all these people a phone call."

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