Sooner offer gives Taylor "different feeling"

NORMAN, Okla. — For Tulsa East Central HS cornerback Stanvon Taylor, it was a long time coming.

He was forced to wait patiently for his own as defensive back after defensive back received an OU offer, 15 to be exact, including eight cornerbacks.

That time finally came for him Monday afternoon.

"I mean, I always wanted the offer and like once they could offer, I guess I'm saying I've been waiting on it," Taylor said. "But, I mean, I wasn't just anticipating it too much. I was just continuing to just do what I do and I had a feeling that it would come as long as I keep doing what I'm doing."

See, that's what the coaching staff insists to these kids upon their evaluations: keep working hard and the results in the form of an offer will come.

Taylor took to that philosophy and it paid off with one of his better offers yet to date.

"Oh yeah, I mean, like I said today when I got the offer, it was just like a whole different feeling as far as getting other offers," Taylor said.

Begging the question so many Sooner fans are wondering, could this guy be ready to commit sometime soon?

Could OU be preparing to lock up its first defensive back out of the five defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach Mike Stoops said he wanted to sign in the 2013 class?

Truth is, the speedy 6-foot, 173-pounder who clocks a 4.5 40-yard dash has a number of offers he's interested in and plans to visit one of those schools this weekend.

But he wouldn't rule out a possible commitment to OU in the next week when the topic arose.

"I really haven't had a chance to talk to my mom about it, so I was just kinda wanting to talk to her and see what she thinks about it," Taylor said. "And another school I was really interested in was Kansas State. So, I'm going to the Spring Game this weekend, so then I was gonna kinda probably wait a little bit until after this weekend and maybe I was thinking sometime early next week making the decision."

No doubt, the Sooners feel strongly about where they stand with Taylor, but his host of offers also includes SEC schools Arkansas and Ole Miss, Big 12 brethren Texas Tech and Iowa State, along with Arkansas State, Houston, Tulsa and Utah State, 10 total.

Proximity to his hometown has long made Arkansas high amongst that list.

"I always just kept them there because I was kinda interested because I always wanted to be around close to home and they're close to home," Taylor said. "Like, they're not too far away for me. That's why they've always been an interesting school for me."

But OU joins the fray now as far as close schools are concerned.

East Central to Fayetteville: 107 miles.

East Central to Norman: 130 miles.

The University of Tulsa, of course, is the closest, just about seven miles from his high school.

Still, there's other factors outside of shear proximity.

Perhaps the biggest of those is comfortability with the new system he'll be joining, a comfortability he's found with Stoops.

"Yeah, he was actually there when I went on Junior Day, him and [defensive graduate assistant Ryan Walters]," Taylor said. "Then I went down there and we all sat at the same table and ate and talked and stuff for awhile, and I got a really good feeling about him and felt comfortable with him. So, you know, I think he's a pretty good guy."

He's also developed a good comfortability for the OU coach who's visited with his coach and informed the East Central staff of his Sooner offer.

Taylor was visiting with one of his teammates and discussing the prospect of potentially getting and accepting a scholarship offer at one of his "favorites," Alabama, Oregon and OU, should it come when out of the blue Sooner defensive line coach Jackie Shipp broke the news.

"I was lifting weights," Taylor said. "I had just started lifting weights and he pulled me out and said he wanted to talk to me or whatever. And he was talking to Coach Shipp at first and he was talking to him and he asked, I guess they wanted to ask me some questions. And then when he came back, like I heard him tell him, ‘You know, that's gonna put a smile on his face,' it was coming to my head that they were gonna offer, and he handed me the phone and I talked to Coach Stoops and he let me know that they had a scholarship offer for me.

"And I was just like, ‘Wow,' you know, excited. It was just a feeling I really couldn't [get rid of]. Like, I've still been feeling the same way like all day since I got the offer and I can't wait to get home and talk to my mom about it."

The deliberation could result in OU's fifth commitment, Sooner Nation hopes.

Until then, it's wait and see.

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