Recruiting: Taylor Commits To Luper, Wickline

Offensive line prospect Lane Taylor of Arlington (Martin), Texas, true to his word when we spoke to him last week, made a verbal commitment to Oklahoma State. Taylor was waiting for his high school head coach to return from vacation, and Monday morning called to tell Oklahoma State assistant head coach and running backs coach Curtis Luper and offensive line coach Joe Wickline of his decision.

Last week Taylor had told Go Pokes he had decided on Oklahoma State after visiting both OSU and Kansas. Today it was his mother that confirmed it.

"He's at work right now, but yes, he did commit today to Oklahoma State," said Taylor's mother. "I think he made the most well-informed decision he could," she added.

We'll get Taylor's comments when he calls us back, but last week he had plenty to say.

"I'm really set on Oklahoma State," said the 6-2 1/2, 305-pound offensive guard or center prospect last week. "I'm waiting on my coach (Arlington Martin head coach Bob Boyer) to get back in town from vacation. 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 (OL 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 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.

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