Recruiting: Taylor Close To Committing

We have had a hard time tracking down offensive lineman Lane Taylor or Arlington (Martin), Texas, but now that we have you can almost put him on the Cowboys commitment list.

"I'm really set on Oklahoma State," said the 6-2 1/2, 305-pound offensive guard or center prospect. "I'm waiting on my coach (Arlington Martin head coach Bob Boyer) to get back in town from vacation. It's supposed to be either later today or tomorrow. I want him to know and be there when I make my commitment."

Taylor has offers from Kansas, SMU, UNLV, North Texas, Utah, New Mexico, Louisiana-Monroe, and Colorado State, in addition to the Cowboys. He had narrowed it down to Kansas and Oklahoma State and then made unofficial visits recently that helped make up his mind.

"Kansas was all right," he said. "I really liked their weight room. At Oklahoma State I really like Coach Wick (line coach Joe Wickline). He and I see eye to eye with each other on things, and the whole coaching staff is down to earth and that fits me. They are also an up-and-coming team and I like that."

Oklahoma State has told Taylor that he would be looked at at either guard or center. His plan in college is to major in business and he said he has the academics to qualify and that is not a concern. Physically, he is strong and athletic. He had a good season (sixth in district) throwing the shot and discus. He has a best time of 5.1 in the 40-yard dash. His bench press max is 350 pounds with a 500-pound max out on the squat.

"I'm a good ol' hard-nosed, run-blocking offensive lineman," said Taylor when asked to describe himself as a player. "I do all right on pass pro, but I prefer to run block. I think almost every offensive lineman does."

He also has high hopes for Martin this season as they play in a very tough district with the likes of state champ Cedar Hill, DeSoto, and Duncanville. The Warriors were 4-7 last season with a 4-3 district record that got them into the playoffs.

"I think we are looking pretty good, much more balanced on offense," summized Taylor. "We were run heavy last year and I think this season we'll be able to throw the ball (meaning more practice pass blocking). On defense we have seven or eight starters coming back."

It would appear in a matter of days, or even hours, Taylor won't be worrying anymore about recruiting or his college choice and will be totally focused on that upcoming senior campaign at Arlington Martin.

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