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Olive Branch High School 4-star PG Myah Taylor visits Mississippi State

Olive Branch (MS) High School class of 2017 four-star point guard Myah Taylor visited Mississippi State this past Saturday. He dad, John Taylor, visited with her and talked about the visit.

  • Name: Myah Taylor
  • Classification: 2017
  • High School: Olive Branch (MS) High School
  • Position: Point Guard
  • HT: 5-foot-6
  • Ranking: 4-Star, 53rd rated player in her classification by HoopGurlz
  • Schools Of Interest: Georgetown, James Madison, Louisiana Tech, Memphis, Mississippi State, Southern Miss, Tulane, Wake Forest



"It was like being with family as far as the visit was concerned," said Taylor. "I think visiting with them confirms to us that they have made Myah their top priority in the class of 2017."

He explained what he meant by that last statement.

"It is not by accident that they have had 1, 2 or 3 coaches at every game of hers in AAU basketball," said Taylor "Whether it is in Florida or Atlanta or New Orleans, they are on the front row watching her play."

That relentless effort has made a major impression on the Taylors.

"When a person can wow you that means a lot to you," said Taylor. "They have wowed us as a family due to their attention to detail, that love they have shown Myah. At the state championship game, a game where everybody else sent assistant coaches, Mississippi State not only sent all of their assistant coaches but (head) Coach (Vic Schaefer) came and brought his entire family with him."

Despite being wowed, Myah still has eight schools on her final list of schools that she is interested in. Taylor named those schools.

"Her top 8 right now is Wake Forest, Georgetown, Memphis, USM, Tulane, La Tech, James Madison and Mississippi State," he said. "USM is another school that has done a great job recruiting Myah. We lost a lot of contacts when we narrowed it down to 8. But it was something that we had to do. All of the SEC schools recruited Myah but they knew they didn't have a chance. They even started recruiting other guards. "

Before she announces her decision at Olive Branch High School on October 14th, Myah has home visits scheduled with several of her finalists.

"We have five more in-home visits from colleges including Tulane, Georgetown, Wake Forest, Memphis and Louisiana Tech," said Taylor. "I think everybody pretty much knows that Mississippi State is her favorite but those schools just want the chance to sit down and talk to her."

As for visiting any other schools, Taylor said Myah is through visiting.

"Our visit to Mississippi State was our last unofficial visit," he said. "We aren't taking any others. In fact, Myah hasn't opened any (recruiting) mail since early September, and she received 32 letters in the mail one day. The only mail she is opening now is from schools that are in her top 8."

Myah was named Mississippi's Girl's Basketball Gatorade Player of the Year for 2015. She averaged 18.2 points, 8.3 assists and 4.6 steals per game last season. She also maintains a 4.0 gpa in the classroom.


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