The hub-bub around quarterback, Zac Taylor has decidedly taken an interesting turn. While the recruiting has been good with teams like Marshall, Memphis and Troy, the entrance of the Huskers obviously makes for some added and possibly desired drama. Taylor has been thinking of them, but first it was off to Memphis, because there's little doubt that MU would try to have Taylor leave with only one team on his mind.
After the visit to
Memphis, Butler County
QB, Zac Taylor said of his
experience, it was "ok". Not to mean that Memphis
didn't do what they wanted or failed to impress, but having over 2 years of
college experience now, Taylor isn't easily impressed.
Well, except for his
most recent offer, one that didn't make Zac say ‘wow' so much as it had him
"It was pretty out
of the blue." Taylor said of the offer from
was like a couple of weeks ago, I got the offer and coach Callahan is coming to
see me tomorrow afternoon. It's been pretty fast-paced."
One would almost be
inclined to call it "frantic" over fast, Nebraska apparently seeing the need to add
instant experience to the mix. With the below-average performance of starting
QB, Joe Dailey, the continuing health concerns with the other junior college
transfer, Jordan Adams and just the sheer uncertainty behind the rest of the
scholarship QBs, well, perhaps the Huskers needed some insurance.
"Talking to coach
Norvell and Blake, it just seems like they want to add a guy in there with some
extra experience." Zac said. "So, I suppose that's why they are coming after
The tenure is nice
to be sure, but it's doubtful that you can ignore that Taylor is also pretty
prolific as Zac was the "Jayhawk
League" offensive player of the year, threw for 3,000 plus yards, scored almost
30 touchdowns and had a gaudy 65% completion rate.
Yeah, the kid's not
bad even if he won't admit it himself. "I'm just playing." Taylor said. "I am part of
a team, but those guys around me are the reason for any success I have had. Good
receivers, good offensive line and we were ranked number one most of the year,
so it's about everyone trying to make it happen."
That modesty comes
from a lot of places, but for Taylor, it's more himself than anything. Zac
will concede, however, that his experiences have helped that mind-set a bit.
"Going from Oklahoma to Wake Forest to here, you learn a lot and you
learn how much you don't know." He said. "You take this route to get to division
1-A and it's not hard to be humble."
That route will lead
him to one of a few choices he has right now, Nebraska the most recent entrant into the mix.
It's also the next school on his list, possibly the last one that might get a
visit. It's a visit that Taylor is hoping goes well. "I know plenty
about Nebraska from growing up in Oklahoma." He said. "The
tradition, the rivalry with OU, I'm just real familiar with what's gone on there
in their history."
"You kind of want to
feel that when you get there. I'm obviously hoping to get a certain feel from
the coaches and the players, but I want to know it's still Nebraska."
Yes, he wants to
feel the tradition, but Zac also knows that there's a new tradition being set.
One hopefully not indicative of this past year for the Big Red. Actually, Zac
looks at the struggles for NU as one of the more inviting reasons for him. "They
feel they need QBs and while I know that they have got some great ones there and
a great one coming in, it could be an early chance to play."
"NU is recruiting me
for that reason, though, so that's another reason why they are a pretty
The "one" is
Harrison Beck, of course, the Countryside standout already addressing Taylor's entrance into the
mix. Like Beck, Taylor looks at the guys he'll be playing with
as what you would see anywhere else. "It's competition." Zac said. "If you are
afraid of competition, find a different sport. You can't be scared when you are
on the field in a game, so you can't be scared of who you are going against to
Zac is scheduled to
arrive next weekend and most Husker fans would look at the other teams he's
interested in and think that Nebraska has a legit shot. They do, Taylor will admit to that,
but the one thing he's certain of is that there's nothing certain until he can
see the place for yourself. "I know a lot about the place, but I just need to
get a feel for everything there, especially the players. I have to be
comfortable with the guys I am playing with."
Until the recruiting
process is finished, there's usually nothing a player knows about where he's
going to be. The same can be said for Taylor, but he did admit to a degree that of
his visit to NU, he wasn't certain of his status when he left. A possible
commitment? A potential decision when he gets back home to Oklahoma?
"There's a chance."
"I've seen everyone else, so I know where they are coming from and we'll see
what happens in Lincoln. I do know that I am going to go home
in Norman, sit
down with my parents and decide no matter how good the visit goes."
Zac is hoping the
visit does go well though. "Oh, you always want to feel that you are going to
get that feeling from a place." He said. "You want it to feel perfect. I
obviously can't say if I am going to get that at Nebraska."
"I guess we'll