Oklahoma State was in full recruiting gear on Friday. Word is that around the football office everything was in full gear to entertain one of the top linebacker prospects in the country in Tyler Taylor from Buford (Lanier), Ga. Taylor, who originally set up his visit to this part of the country to check out Oklahoma State. He also set up unofficial visits on Thursday at Oklahoma and confirmed for Scout and Go Pokes after leaving OSU that he and his mother, Akita, were on their way to Austin to visit the University of Texas on Saturday.
Taylor and his mom arrived at Boone Pickens Stadium early Friday morning and the 6-1, 220-pound linebacker met with Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy, toured the stadium, did a photo shoot in Orange Power Studios, met with strength and conditioning coach Rob Glass, toured the equipment and locker room with Matt "Chief" Davis, toured the sports medicine facility with head football trainer Kevin Blaske, and also checked out the field at Boone Pickens Stadium. There was an academic meeting followed by lunch and a tour of the Oklahoma State campus.
"I liked it a lot," Taylor said of his time at OSU and in Stillwater. "Two great schools (OSU and OU) that I have seen so far. What stood out with Oklahoma State was the friendliness of everybody. All the people we met were so friendly and then I got to meet the vice president of the university (Kyle Wray). That was cool and I haven't had the chance to meet a vice president at any of the other schools. He was really into football and I liked that part of it."
As we spoke, Taylor and his mother were driving back to Oklahoma City. Taylor told me that his mom had liked the trip and she was on the phone, no doubt recapping the visit from her standpoint.
Taylor has offers from the likes of Alabama, Georgia, Auburn, Tennessee, LSU, Florida, Mississippi, and Mississippi out of the SEC. He is an impressive athlete with the skills to rush the quarterback off the edge, to drop in coverage, play the run game, and his instincts are really good. There is a reason – with last season making 116 tackles, 5 sacks, three fumbles forced, two fumbles recovered, and an interception – that all these schools are recruiting him so hard.
Could he come play in the middle of America?
"I have a lot of experience traveling with my travel basketball team," Taylor explained. "I don't have a problem with traveling and I'm used to it. My family is good with it and they want me to go to the school that best fits me. So if it is one of these schools, yes, I will be there."
Asked about a time table for his decision and Taylor explained he is moving that process up some.
"I really thought it would be sometime mid-season, but now I think I want to have a decision before the season starts," Taylor answered.
Cowboys defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Glenn Spencer is the primary recruiter on Taylor and they seem to get along well, according to Taylor.
Taylor is on Twitter and has been posting some info about his recruitment and some of his teammates with the Lanier High School Longhorns. Yes, their uniforms look a lot like Texas and he will see plenty of that on the next stop on his Midlands unofficial visit itinerary. Of course, Pokes fans will hope he finds the brighter orange much more appealing. You can find Taylor at @tylertaylor8.