Taylor Gets His Second Offer

Mansfield High's new head coach Jess Hulme was sitting in his office watching film of his new team. He definitely knew who running back Stepfan Taylor was, but became more and more impressed by the clip.

"I think everyone in the state of Texas knows who Stepfan Taylor is," Hulme stated. The previous four seasons, he was the head coach at Clements High in Sugarland.

"I tell you what, he is the real deal. He's just a complete back. He has great vision. He has tremendous speed and tremendous hands, he catches the ball out of the backfield very well.

"I'm excited. He is the kind of back that can help me."

Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis feels the same way.

On Friday, the Irish became the second team to offer the 6-foot, 205-pound Taylor a scholarship. Texas A&M offered him last week.

This past season, Taylor ran for 1,596 yards and 21 touchdowns. He also had four receiving scores and was named the District 4-5A MVP, helping lead Mansfield to an 8-3 record.

"My head coach, coach Hulmes called me into his office after I was done working out," Taylor said. That was during third hour of the school day. "He called up the coach for me, coach (Rob) Ianello, their recruiting coordinator, and I talked to him for awhile. And then he gave the phone to coach (Charlie) Weis, the head coach, and he offered me.

"He was saying how are you doing and all that. Then he was like, I like your tape. We like fast running backs here, and we want to offer you because you're a good student with good grades.

"I was just like thank you, I didn't know what to say, I was happy."

Taylor reports a GPA of 3.82. He has a bench press of 265 pounds, a squat of 415, and runs the 40-yard dash in 4.5 seconds. He is also getting interest from LSU, Florida, Oklahoma, Texas and Oklahoma State.

Notre Dame has been sending Taylor letters, and assistant coach Mike Haywood left his card at the school. Ianello called Hulme last week.

"They were talking to me about him, and said they were real interested and liked the way he looked on film," Hulme said. " They just think he is a great back."

Taylor has never been to Notre Dame, and said he thinks he'll visit sometime. As far as going far away from home for school, he wasn't sure.

"I'd have to think about going away," Taylor said.

"I know that a lot of prospects are going to Notre Dame and are interested. It's a good school."

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