This just in, Vincent Taylor's decision wasn't close. The Cowboys defensive tackle Vincent Taylor knew prior to the Alamo Bowl that he was putting the orange and black on for the last time, and he certainly did the colors proud as his seven tackle, one sack, and very disruptive (to the Colorado offense) performance earned him the Defensive Player of the Game honors as the Cowboys nearly shut out the 10th-ranked Colorado Buffaloes 38-8.
During the week Taylor was asked often and in a variety of ways about his future, which he ended up wasting little time afterwards in revealing with a Twitter posting on the day after the Alamo Bowl win.
"It's not been a problem (keeping his decision quiet) because it was a dream (to play in the NFL) but a lot of people kept asking me and I said to wait after the bowl game and I would announce it then," Taylor said on Friday a week after he posted his Twitter message.
Taylor who spoke with Triple Play Sports Radio on the Sports Talk with Robert Allen and Friends Show said he has his agent and he is bound for San Diego. He added that he thought there was a good chance he could get into the NFL Combine in February in Indianapolis and that is what his representation will be working on.
He said there was good and bad on his NFL Draft Evaluation from the league, but that he took it into account along with things he had been told by others during the course of the season.
Taylor finished his junior season with first-team All-Big 12 honors, as a finalist for the Piesman Award, and the national leader in blocked kicks. He had a total of 51 tackles, 23 unassisted, 13.0 tackles for loss, 7.0 sacks, one pass broken up, two fumbles caused, one fumble recovered, and four blocked kicks. His career numbers included 112 tackles, 22.5 tackles for loss, and 12.0 sacks.
He said he would be back in Stillwater this spring after he trains at EXOS San Diego's SKLZ Headquarters in Carlsbad, Calif.
"I love the (OSU) fans and I'll be back," Taylor said. "I'll be in San Diego training, but in March I'll be back to Stillwater and see everybody."
Taylor also said he expects Oklahoma State will have a really good season next year and that he knew even before quarterback Mason Rudolph and wide receiver James Washington made their decision that the Cowboys could be really good in 2017.
Taylor seemingly had his mind made up for awhile. He is a very athletic 300-plus pound athlete and after some of that specialized combine training he could put up some really impressive numbers at the NFL Combine.