Taylor talks recruiting

Nebraska is reaching out to the areas where they typically have success, but there are some parts of the country that Nebraska is hoping for some more success. Like in states like Alabama for one where this recruit picked up his Nebraska offer about a week and a half ago.

Blaise Taylor from Auburn (Ala.) doesn't have quite as much time as the other high school seniors will. Taylor is going to not only be busy with athletics going forward, but academics trying to get eligible to enroll at school early for their spring semester.

"Everything is really going good right now," Taylor said. "I am trying to get everything in order to enroll early in college in January. I am playing baseball now in fact we just got done with a double-header in Mobile."

While Taylor is in-season with baseball he also has spring practices for football right around the corner. The 5-foot-9 and 160-pound standout says that there are a couple weeks of practices followed by an inter-squad scrimmage.

"We have spring football in Alabama. I don't think that we start our spring practices until the first week in May or so. Then we have a couple of weeks of practices and end it with a scrimmage against another school."

There are four offers already on the table for Taylor and more should be on the way throughout the spring and summer. Taylor says that academics and the relationship with the coaches are critical in his college decision.

"I am up to four offers," Taylor said. "I have offers from Tenneseee, Auburn, Nebraska and Arkansas State. Arkansas State was really my first offer and that was with Coach Malzahn was there. I have had some discussions with an assistant coach that is still there at Arkansas State.

"I am looking at academics first with my decision. I am also looking for a great relationship with the coaching staff. Proximity to home isn't a big deal since I have moved around most of my life.

"My dad is a college football coach and was at Auburn. He's taking a year off to help me with my senior season. It's great because his job has overlapped with my football seasons. He finally has a chance to help me out and be with me."

Taylor has had a chance this spring to get out and make some junior days already. He was looking at another one, but has a schedule conflict. He does know about a camp coming later this month though.

"I have been to Alabama, Georgia Tech and Tennessee's junior days already. I was thinking about going to Mississippi State for their junior day, but I am going to a camp that day. I will be going to an ESPN Training Camp on March 23rd."

At 5-foot-9 and 160-pounds Taylor has been mostly viewed at as an offensive recruit. He has added playing cornerback to his resume though and some teams are more interested in defense. He doesn't care which position on offense or defense he's recruited to play just let him play special teams.

"I am hearing wide receiver and cornerbacker and it doesn't matter much to me really. I really want to be on special teams though wherever I go. Two of my favorite plays in football are punt return and kickoff return."

The offer from Nebraska came a little less than two weeks ago to Taylor. He says that he's developed a good relationship already with the recruiting coach which is also the position coach at Nebraska. He likes that Nebraska has a history of developing NFL talent from the position that they want him to play as well.

"I was real excited to get the offer from Nebraska. I have a good relationsip with Coach Terry Joseph already. He's one of my favorites coaches to talk to so far. Nebraska is known for having an excellent defensive tradition.

"Nebraska likes me at cornerback and I like that idea. They had a player, Prince Amukamura, a couple of years ago that was a cornerback who was selected in the first round of the NFL draft. They know how to produce NFL talent at Nebraska."

Bryan Munson has worked with Big Red Report for 10 years covering recruiting and football and has covered Nebraska recruiting for 12 years.
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