The Oklahoma State football staff has always been known to kind of pick their spots in recruiting with players outside the dominant recruiting territory of Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Arkansas, and Louisiana. One of those areas is Georgia, where defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer has many ties. Offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich took a shot earlier this spring and landed highly regarded quarterback Jelani Woods out of Cedar Grove, Georgia.
Now it's Spencer's turn as four-star linebacker Tyler Taylor of Buford (Lanier), Ga., is going to be in Stillwater tomorrow (Friday, May 27). Taylor was offered early by the Cowboys and Spencer's efforts combined with the fact that Taylor's mother has an OSU alum at her workplace that presented a positive image had the Taylor's coming to Oklahoma State for the unofficial visit.
Sandwiched around Stillwater is an unofficial visit to Oklahoma and then on Saturday a trip to Austin to visit Texas. Taylor tweets some about his recruiting on his Twitter account @tylertaylor8 and also gets a healthy dose of mentions by fans in the recruiting world.
The 6-1, 213-pound Taylor has scholarship offers from a lot of schools. He has made unofficial visits to Kentucky, Wake Forest, Georgia, Clemson, Tennessee, and now OU, OSU, and Texas. All of those schools have offered in addition to Alabama, Auburn, California, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Illinois, Georgia Tech, LSU, Maryland, Missouri, Mississippi, Mississippi State, Michigan State, and Penn State.
Last season, he finished with 116 tackles, 90 of those unassisted, five sacks, three fumbles caused, two fumbles recovered, and an interception. The interception was a stab and grab as he stuck his arm up in the arm and stabbed the ball.
He is really successful rushing the quarterback or defending the play on the edge as his quickness makes him very difficult to block. It also gets him to the quarterback or ball carrier very quickly even coming off the backside of the play. Against the run, he is very smart and anticipates the play and where it is going. He understand team defense and repeatedly on tape is seen spilling plays to where a defender is lined up and ready to make the play. He also understands timing and shows how well on delay blitzes and zone blitzes.
It will not be easy to get Taylor to come to Oklahoma State as he has a lot of offers from schools much closer to home, but he seems to be a self-confident person that might be comfortable making a move like that. I'll be anxious to see what he puts up on Twitter the entire weekend.