Taylor Scott Commits To Bulldogs

The Mississippi State volleyball team is picking up some talented athletes from around the country as it continues to improve its program. Today we talked with 2012 commitment Taylor Scott, who plays for Claremont High School in Claremont, California, about her pledge to the Bulldogs and the skills she will bring with her to Starkville.

As a young girl, Scott would not have seen herself playing volleyball in college. In fact, it took a comment from someone outside of her family to point her in that direction.

"I started volleyball at an older age, around 14," she said. "A family friend said 'hey you should try out,' so I did. I am very athletic and I thought I'd like to add another game to my list. I played soccer, basketball and softball, but when I played volleyball I just loved it so I decided to take the next step and start playing for clubs. That is when it really just took off for me."

She is certainly doing everything she can to be the best player she can be. Once her mind was made up that volleyball was her college choice of sport, she was willing to do what it took to improve her game.

"This summer I have decided to do a lot of strength training," she said. "You can always get stronger, so I got a trainer and have been working hard on that. I have also been preparing with my next year's coach to start preparing to move up to the 18's (club level). I have been doing a lot of one-on-one training to get ready for the next level."

Knowing she wanted to play in college, she started visiting schools. All it took was a walk onto campus at Mississippi State to assure her of her college choice.

"I decided after I visited," she said. "The campus was great, and the atmosphere was something that I loved. It really felt like a family atmosphere. The coaching staff and players really wanted to compete, so that is all that I can ask for, to have a team that wants to win the conference. I really started to fall in love with the staff and the campus."

The Mississippi State coaches were excited about meeting Taylor while on the visit.

"I did get to meet all the coaches, and they were really excited to have me on (campus)," she added. "They saw something in me and I know they can bring it out when I hit the court."

Scott plays volleyball with a bit of a chip on her shoulder, and that seems to drive her to excel.

"I am an outside hitter, and I am considered a small outside hitter," she said. "I am underestimated, and I use my jumping ability to really challenge the blockers. That is what brings the fire out in me, being the size that I am and just the challenge of it. I (also) love defense and taking on that challenge. I don't allow the size to get in my head."

Taylor Scott is a 2012 commit who will spend the rest of the summer getting ready for her senior season. While at Mississippi State she plans to study sports medicine with the hopes of becoming a physical trainer.

Drew White is a recruiting writer for the GenesPage.com website, the source for Mississippi State sports on the Scout.com sports network. You can contact him by emailing Drewwhite77@gmail.com.

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